Former Australian fast bowler Tony Dodemaide has become the third member of Australia's National Selection Panel as Cricket Australia announced on Monday, just ahead of Australis kick starts their T20 World Cup campaign in UAE. He will join Chairman George Bailey and Head Coach Justin Langer to forge the committee that will be responsible for all men's team selections.
Dodemaide will step down from his current role as the General Manager of Hockey One and his first series as a selector will be the big Ashes campaign coming up next year.
"Tony led a field of very strong candidates and we are thrilled to have him join the NSP at an important and exciting period for the Australian men's team," Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia's Executive General Manager of High Performance and National Teams, said.
It must be noted that Dodemaide has very strong credentials in various fields. He had served as the MCC Head of Cricket for five years before returning to his country as the CEO of Western Australia in 2004. He took charge as the CEO of Cricket Victoria three years later.
"He is an ideal fit for the selector role at this time and brings skills and experience that will complement George and Justin while adding value to the team and high-performance area more broadly," Olivier added.
Dodemaide represented Australia 34 times after making his debut in the Boxing Day Test in 1987 against New Zealand. He picked up a five-wicket haul on both his Test and ODI debut and finished his first-class career with 534 wickets. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a contribution not only in the immediate tournaments and series but also to help chart the medium to longer-term course of the Australian men's teams," Dodemaide said.
"I can't wait to offer my experience in cricket as a player and in management to assist George (Bailey) and JL (Langer) but also the wider Australian cricket high-performance network. Throughout my cricket journey, I have often been close to high performance and selection, so I feel well suited to and prepared for this role."