Sydney - Australian cricket's embattled governing body named
Earl Eddings to lead the organisation out of crisis on Wednesday, opting for a
safe pair of hands already serving on the board.
Cricket Australia said in a statement that it had bumped
Eddings - a director of a risk-management company - from deputy and interim
chairman to have the role full time.
"I am honoured to serve in this position and am
committed to making cricket stronger and a game that we can all be proud
of," Eddings said.
Cricket Australia has been buffeted by a series of bad
performances by the men's test side, after a ball tampering scandal saw the
captain and vice-captain stood down for cheating.
Amid the fallout from the fiasco, former chairperson David
Peever also quit under intense pressure.
The sport's top body had been under some pressure to appoint
a former Australian player.
But likely replacement ex-captain Mark Taylor recently quit
the board, while CA director and ex-fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz was
The board instead opted for "a well-regarded member of
the team with a solid understanding of our history," said director Jacquie
"Earl's involvement over the past decade provides
continuity in a time of change," she added.
In March, top players were caught using sandpaper to alter
the ball at a Test match in Cape Town.
Then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were
banned for 12 months, and batsman Cameron Bancroft for nine months over their
roles in the incident.
Coach Darren Lehmann quit soon after and then-chief
executive James Sutherland stepped down last month.
A Cricket Australia commissioned report, found an
"arrogant" and "controlling" culture within the
organisation contributed to players cheating in the pursuit of victory.