Former Test leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has savaged high performance manager Pat Howard, accusing him of ‘stealing an income from Cricket Australia.’
Howard’s controversial seven-year tenure ends next week after he was sacked on Wednesday.
And MacGill, who wore the baggy green for Australia in 44 Tests, doesn’t believe he will be missed.
‘It was always a joke to me and a lot of my mates that he (Howard) was high performance manager when his performance over pretty much his entire career with Cricket Australia has been anything but,’ MacGill told Macquarie Radio.
Stuart MacGill (pictured right) has lauded the sacking of Pat Howard, believing the high performance manager for Cricket Australia was ‘stealing a living’
Sacked Cricket Australia high performance manager Pat Howard (pictured)
‘As far as I’m concerned, he has been stealing a living (from Cricket Australia) for a long time.’
Howard, a former Wallabies five-eighth, prided himself for thinking outside the square.
He closely monitored the workload of pace bowlers in a bid to reduce injuries, but his wellness program, which reviewed the health and well-being of players, was heavily criticised by a number of influential figures in the game.
MacGill also questioned why Howard had so much sway at the selection table given his elite background in another sport.
‘There was a period of time where Pat Howard was providing Australian selectors with a list of players they were allowed to pick the team from,’ he said.
‘In effect there was only one Australian selector. It was absolute rubbish.’
Fellow champion leg-spinner Shane Warne was equally scathing in his assessment of Howard a few years ago.
Back in 2013, he labelled Howard a ‘muppet’ in a Twitter rant.
‘Australian cricket is in disarray,’ Warne wrote.
Former Australian Test leg-spinner Stuart MacGill (pictured left) believes sacked Cricket Australia high performance manager Pat Howard has been stealing a living
Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne famously referred to outgoing Cricket Australia high performance manager Pat Howard as a muppet – did he mean Kermit?
‘We need people running the team who understand cricket and what’s required at the top level, not muppets.’
Cricket Australia has undergone a number of significant changes in recent weeks as they look to revamp their image.
Ben Amarfio, Cricket Australia’s head of commercial operations, has also been the shown the door by incoming CEO Kevin Roberts.
One time Australian captain Mark Taylor stood down as a director and Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft remain suspended from first class cricket until March in 2019 following the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa earlier this year.