Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Luminaries call for Cricket Australia chairman to resign

Luminaries call for Cricket Australia chairman to resign

"Given this, there must be a reconsideration of the harshness of the penalties handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft". He also said he's "never seen a report that is as harsh in its commentary" as the Longstaff review is of CA.

Peever indicated he would not be joining the exodus from CA and said the 12-month bans on Smith and Warner and a nine-month ban on Bancroft would stand.

"Responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands", the report says.

"It details a corporate culture which is as bad as I've seen in 30 years in the corporate world", he said.

"This is extremely significant, as there is now independent verification that the system and culture were contributing factors", ACA president Greg Dyer said.

Perhaps the greatest irony of David Peever's performance on Monday was that when confronted with accusations of "arrogance", the chairman refused to directly answer questions and instead determined that the review was never meant to be about "dwelling on the negatives".

There were 48 current Australian cricketers asked to complete the survey - however only 14 players responded to Cricket Australia's request - suggesting an obvious "disconnect" between the organisation and its players.

The independent review by the Sydney-based Ethics Centre accused Cricket Australia (CA) of only paying lip service to the spirit of the game, leaving players without any moral guidance. "Tomorrow is an opportunity to get it out there, people can make their own conclusions, and we can get on with thinking about the game next Sunday, the first men's game here in Australia". "There's indications in there that negative feedback is not well taken and they referred it to us".

- Among the recommendations CA has not accepted are the removal of Test and ODI players from consideration for the T20 team to allow them to play more state cricket, and the suggestion that the Minutes of CA board meetings be made public. If so, it has had the exact opposite effect, according to veteran cricket journalist Robert Craddock.

Peever was also faced with blanket condemnation in the pages of Australia's newspapers yesterday, the main charge being that he had extended his reign as chairman after the ball-tampering scandal while heads around him rolled.

The scandal saw three Australian cricketers being banned by CA for their role in altering the condition of the ball using a sandpaper during a Test against South Africa earlier this year.

Lehmann, who stood down as coach in the days after the controversy, put pressure on the board to reconsider their position on the players.

"They did a hell of a lot of interviews, but significantly the player response was down", Craddock said.

What actual goal is that serving Smith and Warner, and cricket as a whole?

"Had there been a landslide of protest about their bans it could have really helped those two".

The ACA - backed publicly by the players - wanted to maintain a shared revenue model while CA wanted to abandon it and introduce set salaries.

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