Cricket Australia has elected its new chairman and it is Dr Lachlan Henderson. The post was previously interim held by Richard Freudenstein. Speaking to the reporters, the new chairman agreed that the whole fiasco around Langer’s extension could have been handled better.
Langer was adamant about acquiring a long-term contract. However Cricket Australia’s short-term offer of 6 month extension gave a clear signal that the think tank were looking for another head coach in the permanent role. Langer resigned with immediate effect after the two parties didn’t come to conclusion.
“It is unfortunate that a bit of that played out in the media and we’ll reflect on whether that should have been accelerated through the summer,” Henderson while speaking to reporters in Melbourne.
Former Australian players and pundits were mostly in favour of Langer and the emergence of details about closed meetings in the public domain caused a huge uproar. Many regarded it as a disgrace to one of the legends of Australian cricket.
Langer took the leadership charge after the 2018 sandpaper scandal. After a couple of years of struggle, his coaching CV turned impressive at the end of his contract with Australia winning their maiden T20 World Cup and thumping Ashes win of 4 – 0. The search is on for the new coach and there are reports that Trevor Bayliss is in strong contention along with Andrew McDonald.
Cricket Australia has faced some criticism over the years for 2018 sandpaper scandal, the resignation of Tim Paine over the ‘sexting’ scandal and the recent controversy about Langer’s departure.