CA ready to release cultural review after cheating scandal

CRICKET Australia’s failings will be laid bare on Monday, when the findings of a long-awaited independent review into the governing body are released publicly.

The Ethics Centre was commissioned by CA more than six months ago to conduct a warts-and-all appraisal of its organisation, governance and culture following the Cape Town cheating scandal.

The think tank’s report, including a list of recommendations, is set to be released in full next week.

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The Ethics Centre was commissioned by CA more than six months ago to conduct a warts-and-all appraisal of its organisation following the Cape Town cheating scandal.Source:News Corp Australia

The only exception will be redacted lines “capable of identifying any person or their individual point of view”, as per the review’s terms of reference.

CA asked Dr Simon Longstaff, who also chaired the review into the Australian Olympic Committee that was prompted by bullying claims, to consider whether any factors contributed directly or indirectly into Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft making life-changing mistakes.

Longstaff was also instructed to recommend measures to ensure “these or similar events never occur again”.

Details of a separate played-led review, also commissioned by CA following the ball-tampering furore, will also be released to the public on Monday.

The two reports have been tabled to CA’s board ahead of Thursday’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Melbourne.





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It has been a year of immense change at CA.

Tim Paine and Justin Langer were appointed captain and coach respectively, replacing Smith and Darren Lehmann, while Kevin Roberts has been confirmed as chief executive James Sutherland’s successor.

The imminent review, which shapes as the sport’s biggest shake-up since the 2011 Argus report that was commissioned after a rare Ashes series loss at home, is expected to result in more changes.

Financial performance bonuses, which many players believe either created or exacerbated a win-at-all-costs mentality, could soon be on the way out. Measures aimed at tackling the disconnect between professional and grassroots cricket, and encouraging stars to have interests outside cricket are also expected to be floated.

Longstaff interviewed CA board members, management and staff, current players, former players, players’ union representatives, journalists and other stakeholders to gain an understanding of why Smith, Warner and Bancroft erred in such egregious fashion.

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Lehmann, who was cleared of any wrongdoing by CA’s formal investigation of the ball-tampering incident but resigned in tears shortly after, was among the hundreds of individuals who spoke with the Ethics Centre.

“I had good discussions with them. Everyone would have had their thoughts, it’ll be good to see what the findings are,” Lehmann said earlier this month.

The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) has raised concerns about the timing of the release, questioning why it couldn’t come out before the AGM.

A new behaviour charter, resulting from the player-led review that was chaired by former Test opener Rick McCosker, is already in place.

The final details were drawn up after an informal meeting of the nation’s on- field cricketing leaders, male and female.

“We have our values in place. Not just words on a page but (we have to be) living them day in, day out,” new Test vice-captain Josh Hazlewood said last month.

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