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Legendary Australia batsman Mark Waugh will step down from his role as a national selector once his current contract expires in August.
Earlier this week, Waugh signed up to be part of Fox Sports’ commentary team as they and Channel Seven won Australia’s cricket broadcasting rights after agreeing to pay $1.182 billion as part of a six-year deal.
Before he leaves his role as a selector, Waugh will still carry out his duties for Australia’s upcoming limited overs tour of England and the T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe, which will also feature Pakistan.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the National Selection Panel, and it has been a tough decision to choose not to continue in my role,” Waugh was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “Working alongside my fellow selectors, the coaching staff and players over the past four years has been a privilege, and I’m proud of the achievements of the Australian teams across all formats in this time.
“I firmly believe Australian cricket has a wealth of talented players in its ranks right now, and I look forward to watching the team continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come.”
Pat Howard, Cricket Australia’s executive general manager, team performance, added: “We thank Mark for his service over the past four years and the great job he has done as a National Selector.
“Being a selector is not an easy task, and Mark has made an important contribution to Australia’s on-field success alongside his fellow panel members.
“Mark was specifically brought in for white-ball cricket and he should be very pleased with his contribution to the 2015 World Cup victory.
“In recent times, Mark’s in-depth knowledge of the T20 game and the KFC Big Bash League has come to the fore.
“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.”