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Cricket Australia Chairman Urged To Quit After Ball-Tampering Review

31 October, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Former Australian captain Steve Waugh blames lack of punishment for ball tampering scandal

Chief executive James Sutherland has left after 17 years and Pat Howard, the high-performance manager, has said he won't extend his contract beyond mid-2019.

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should have their cheating bans slashed because they were put under too much pressure by administrators, the Australian Cricketers' Association said on Monday.

Dyer went to say that the Longstaff report suggests Cricket Australia is also responsible in some ways. CA has supported both recommendations.

After more than a year of bitter feuding, CA and the ACA have been encouraged to have a "constructive working relationship", and told to begin this process within 30 days. These include attitudes such as "command and control", "only results matter", "high performance is what we are here for", "Australia needs us to win", "individual first", and "combativeness and aggression is good". "I'd like to see Mark Taylor stand up as chairman of Cricket Australia", he said. "My response when I saw that interview and I saw that comment, I thought Australian cricket can do better in choosing its chairman and the game deserves better governance". "Women's cricket remains unaffected", the review states in its executive summary.

Among the recommendations was an anti-harassment code to stop sledging, and training to improve team leaders' "moral courage".


In The Australian newspaper, cricket writer Gideon Haigh pinpointed a line in the review that spoke of people in leadership roles having to take responsibility for matters "over which they do not exercise direct control". "Rather, it made the fateful mistake of enacting a program that would lead to "winning without counting the costs" ".

The review also found the ball-tampering scandal was not an aberration and players were reluctant to challenge their team mates' behaviour.

Cricket Australia had already been told to assess the sanctions by the Australian Cricketers' Association. "The core complaint is that the organisation does not respect anyone other than its own". "The other thing is there's indications in there around how negative feedback is not well taken [by CA] and in some cases players decided they didn't want to do it and referred through us, and we compiled an appropriate submission". There is a feeling amongst some State and Territory Associations that they are patronised while sponsors believe their value is defined exclusively in transactional terms. We know what Australian cricket expects of us. "The ACA's negative assessment of CA is extreme, matched only by the positive assessment offered by the CA Board".

Longstaff's findings are couched in unusually powerful terms, likening the grief felt by the Australian public to another incident of poor sportsmanship in the country's cricketing past.

Vaughan also touched on the incident where former Australia vice-captain David Warner walked off the field after he was sledged in a match by the opponent.

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