Stung by Longstaff report, Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever steps down

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) Chairman David Peever has stepped down from his role with immediate effect.Peever and the top-brass in CA were under fire following the scathing Longstaff report which came down heavily on the board’s governance and culture.Peever, who was recently re-elected for another three-year term, tendered his resignation at a CA board meeting on Thursday.Michael Vaughan blasts Australian cultural review: It is cringe worthyEarl Eddings, a former Cricket Victoria director who was confirmed as deputy chair at last week’s AGM, has been installed as interim chair until the Board convenes in the near future to undertake the process of making a permanent appointment.Cricket Australia described as ‘arrogant’ and ‘controlling’ in commission report”We thank David for his service. He has played a pivotal role in the elevation of women’s cricket, and the significant growth in attendance and participation.”He should also be acknowledged for his efforts in improving funding to the ICC full member nations outside Australia, England and India; overhauling governance of the ICC and reforming the Future Tours program, among a long list of achievements.Peter Siddle feels Smith, Warner and Bancroft should serve out ball-tampering bans”We look forward to continuing the important process of recovering and rebuilding for Cricket Australia and Australian Cricket,” Eddings said in a statement.”The Board is keenly aware that we have a way to go to earn back the trust of the cricket community. We and the executive team are determined to make cricket stronger,” the statement added.advertisementAustralian Cricketers’ Association wants Steve Smith, David Warner bans to be liftedPeever had come under heavy pressure following CA’s delayed release of the independent Longstaff report on Monday.The report blamed CA in part for the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March that led to long suspensions for the test side’s former captain Steve Smith, and batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.It also described the board as “arrogant” and “controlling”, and of nurturing a culture of “winning without counting the costs”.CA delayed releasing the report until after Peever was re-elected at an annual general meeting last week, prompting heavy criticism from luminaries including former board boss Malcolm Speed and former Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.At least three of Australia’s state cricket associations have declined to endorse Peever’s leadership since the review’s release on Monday, local media have reported.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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