Australia can add a completely new selection panel to the list of challenges confronting their quest for a maiden World T20 title following Mark Waugh’s resignation.
Waugh has confirmed he will not renew his contract as chief T20 selector when it ends in August as he takes up a commentary role at Fox Sports.
It is yet another curveball ahead of the World T20, which Australia have never won and will host for the first time in 2020.
While it is still more than two years away, CA has put a focus on achieving a long-awaited breakthrough win since shifting Waugh into the role of dedicated T20 selector last year.
Along with former coach Darren Lehmann – who sat beside him on a two-man selection panel – he blooded a number of players in Australian colours during last year’s T20 tri-series win over England and New Zealand.
However both are now gone, with CA yet to decide whether there will be another panel restructure, or if a new face will sit beside new coach Justin Langer during the preparations for the tournament.
“In recent times, Mark’s in-depth knowledge of the T20 game and the Big Bash League has come to the fore,” CA performance manager Pat Howard said.
“As lead selector in this format, he has identified talent in the Big Bash League and helped to create a strong Australian T20 squad, which has risen up to second on the ICC rankings and laid a platform for what we hope will be a successful World T20 campaign in 2020 on home soil.
“We’re disappointed to lose Mark, but wish him all the best in his new role and we are pleased he will still have heavy involvement in the game.”
Australia’s team leadership for the tournament has also been thrown askew by the ball-tampering scandal.
By the time of the tournament in the October 2020, suspended skipper Steve Smith will be free to return to a leadership position however it remains to be seen if that happens.
Aaron Finch will take over the captaincy role for T20s in England and Zimbabwe this year, with Alex Carey – who only made his international debut last summer – as his deputy.
Working in Australia’s favour at least is new coach Langer’s success at the T20 level, having guided the Perth to three BBL titles in six years there.
Meanwhile Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne could be seen as potential replacements for Waugh, although Ponting has a TV deal with Seven similar to that of Waugh’s at Fox Sports, while Warne was also linked to the pay TV network on Tuesday.