(left to right) Australia coach Justin Langer with High Performance manager Pat Howard. @ Getty Images
(left to right) Australia coach Justin Langer with High Performance manager Pat Howard. @ Getty Images

Cricket Australia’s High Performance manager Pat Howard will not renew his contract and will end his eight-year stint after next year’s Ashes.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, Howard, who took over the post after the 2011 Don Argus Review, has stepped down ahead of Monday’s independent cultural reviews following the infamous ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town this year.

“It’ll be interesting where that goes, and I don’t know where that’s going. I haven’t had anything to do with it,” Howard had told News Corp last month.

“I’m in charge of men’s and women’s teams and underage teams so I guess if the environment had been the same everywhere, then I would have a different view, but I don’t think [problems] have been consistent across all the teams.”

A CA representative, on condition of anonymity, said Howard’s decision not to renew his contract had nothing to do with the upcoming cultural reviews. “Pat had previously indicated that he would not be seeking contract renewal beyond the end of the 2019 Ashes series, when his contract was due to conclude,” the spokesperson said.

“The decision is his own and is no way connected to the reviews to be released on Monday. A recruitment process will be decided and announced in due course, but there is plenty of time for this to be considered.”