Former Australian Chairman of Selectors Trevor Hohns has been appointed Queensland Cricket’s State Talent Manager and Chairman of Selectors for the 2011-12 season.
Hohns replaces Ray Phillips as Chairman, with the former Queensland wicket-keeper stepping aside after seven years in the role.
Phillips said he was delighted to be able to work alongside Hohns and continue alongside fellow panellists Ken Dixon and Rod Rice.
“It’s going to be enjoyable working alongside Cracker. The qualities he brings to the panel will really provide us with plenty of energy and insights for the coming season,” he said.
Hohns was a National selector for 13 years, including 10 years as Chairman of the NSP.
Hohns stood down from the NSP in April 2006 to concentrate on his business and family.
However Hohns said today an approach from Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Graham Dixon to consider returning to the selection panel had been greeted with keeness.
“I am very enthusiastic about the role and I’m really looking forward to it,” Hohns said.
“Queensland and Australian cricket are both in the throes of rebuilding and it will be exciting to be a part of that.
“Our mission at State level is to provide players with the opportunity to perform and push for National selection and so if you can have a number of players knocking on the door of playing for Australia, then you also tend to have a successful team. That’s the best barometer of success,” he said.
Dixon said Hohns brought undeniable qualities to Queensland Cricket.
“Certainly his vast experience as a national selector will be of great benefit to us as we continue our process of identifying and development players with the potential to represent Australia,” Dixon said.
“Having the extra person on our panel gives the panel the resources to select all of our elite male teams and assess the development of those young players who have come to light under our current talent identification schemes. As well it addresses Cricket Australia’s strategic requirements through its overall development process.”
“The State talent manager’s role fits in neatly with his selector’s role and I am sure Trevor will look forward to working with Greg Chappell in his role as the National talent manager.”
Hohns has played more than 100 first-class matches for Queensland, also captaining the State on 14 occasions.
A left-hand batsman and leg-spin bowler, he played seven Tests after making a belated Test debut aged 34 in the Australian side captained by Mark Taylor that won back the Ashes in 1989.