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Shake-up planned for WACA constitution
Shake-up planned for WACA constitution

WACA members will be asked to support an amended board structure that addresses concerns about the potential loss of their historic election rights.

The WACA board will be reduced to 12 members - rather than the proposed nine - if members vote to support sweeping constitutional changes this month.

WACA chairman David Williams acknowledged that member concerns were behind the decision to abandon a major reduction in board numbers designed to mirror Cricket Australia's revamped board.

The board would still be reduced from its current 15 positions but the WACA's 7000 members would elect half of the new board with only two specialist positions to be appointed by the board itself.

Under the previous proposal, members would have elected just three of nine positions while the WACA's founder - its district clubs - would have appointed just one.

"This is a more palatable model," Williams said. "It addresses our desire to have a smaller and more flexible board but also would be acceptable to WACA members."

Williams said the smaller board, whose creation would coincide with CA developing a more independent structure to run the game nationally, was required to address a series of issues including the changing nature of cricket's formats, growing grassroots cricket and overseeing the imminent WACA Ground redevelopment.

Members will be required to vote on the proposal this month.

WACA president Dennis Lillee, Williams and several other board members are expected to run again when their terms expire this year.

Mining veteran George Jones, who was on the inaugural Perth Scorchers board and is a former WACA club cricketer, is likely to be a candidate for one of the two appointed positions.

"I regard the appointment of George (to the Scorchers) as the most important off-field appointment the WACA has made since Dennis Lillee agreed to take on the role of president," Williams said last year.

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