Cricket Australia chairman David Peever steps down after damning report into ball-tampering scandal described governing body as arrogant and bent on winning at all costs
- Cricket Australia chairman David Peever bowed to pressure and stepped down
- Report into ball-tampering scandal described CA as arrogant and bent on winning at all costs
- It said administrators were just as much to blame as the players involved
- Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were suspended for their role in the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town in March
The ball-tampering affair last March in Cape Town has claimed another victim in Australian cricket.
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever announced his resignation on Thursday, three days after a report saying Cricket Australia was arrogant and bent on winning at all costs in a review of its culture and governance commissioned after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
The board appointed Earl Eddings as interim chairman.
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever has stepped down following the damning findings of a review into the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa
Australian Cricketers’ Association president Greg Dyer (left) and CEO Alistair Nicholson (right) discuss the report on Tuesday
The review by Simon Longstaff of The Ethics Center, released on Monday, said administrators should bear as much blame as captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft, who were suspended for their roles in the incident at Cape Town in March.
The attempt by Bancroft to use sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball during the test match, with the knowledge of Smith and Warner, caused ‘grief’ among the Australian public, Longstaff said.
Steve Smith broke down in tears after the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa
Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera tampering with the ball using a piece of sandpaper
David Warner was suspended along with Smith and Bancroft for his role in the scandal
CA had addressed some of its perceived shortcomings ahead of the review. Chief executive James Sutherland has left after 17 years and Pat Howard, the high-performance manager, has said he won’t seek to extend his contract beyond mid-2019.
New Australia coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine are charged with changing the culture within the Australian team.
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