Trevor Hohns took a swipe at Cameron White after he questioned Australia's selectors by saying the all-rounder was never "earth shattering" at international level.
Victoria spinner and middle-order batsman White spoke of his concern over the future of Australia cricket due to the importance selectors are putting on the domestic game.
The 33-year-old told RSN927 radio that it seems players are being picked in any format on the back of their form in the Big Bash League, which he says "doesn't make a lot of sense."
White also stated that the Australia side resembles a "development team" at some stages, but chairman of selectors Hohns hit back on Wednesday.
He said: "I'm a little bit surprised by those comments, to be quite honest.
"The Sheffield Shield has been well-documented as being very important to us in Australian cricket - selectors, everybody.
"And then younger players - I think he just needs to remember that he was a very young man when he was given his first opportunity in one-day cricket.
"I don't think there is any disparity there at all, to be honest.
"Cameron has had plenty of opportunities ... he has had plenty of opportunities in the past and it's probably fair to say performed okay without being earth shattering."
White has not played for his country since January 2015.