Sydney - Cricket
Australia chairperson David Peever quit on Thursday after coming under
intense pressure over a ball-tampering scandal which has triggered an
exodus of senior figures and long bans for three players.
The former Rio Tinto mining executive was only voted in for a new
three-year term last week, days before a scathing independent review
sparked by the cheating row slammed the governing body.
Calls have been mounting for Peever to go after it emerged that the
CA-commissioned report was not provided to the country's state
associations before he was re-elected.
He was also widely criticised after an interview with broadcaster ABC
this week in which he referred to the ball-tampering affair, which
rattled the sport and caused an outcry among the Australian public, as a
"Cricket Australia has today confirmed that Mr. David Peever has
announced his resignation as chairperson of the board of Cricket Australia,
effective immediately," the governing body said in a statement.
His deputy Earl Eddings, a former Cricket Australia director, was appointed as interim chairperson.
The review by the Sydney-based Ethics Centre blasted CA's conduct
leading up to the tampering incident in March, when players were caught
using sandpaper to alter the ball at a Test match in Cape Town.
It found that an "arrogant" and "controlling" culture within the
governing body contributed to players, who existed in a "gilded bubble",
cheating in the pursuit of victory.
The document also included complaints that there was a bullying culture in elite men's cricket.
It made 42 recommendations, including establishing an anti-harassment
code to stop sledging and training to improve team leaders' "moral
Peever had until now kept his job despite the exit of CA chief
executive James Sutherland, coach Darren Lehmann and team performance
boss Pat Howard.
Then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were banned for
12 months, and batsman Cameron Bancroft for nine months for their roles
in the incident.
Peever, 61, was defiant in the
immediate aftermath of the review, declaring he was "not embarrassed at
all", while acknowledging that the board shared responsibility for the
events in South Africa.
He insisted he had no plans to resign, but The Australian newspaper
reported that he was told by key stakeholders on Thursday that his
position had become untenable.
"We look forward to continuing the important process of recovering
and rebuilding for Cricket Australia and Australian cricket," Eddings
"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," he added.
Former CA chief executive Malcolm Speed has called for Mark Taylor, a
respected former captain and current board member, to take over as
"David is the first to have come out of the corporate world rather
than out of the cricket world and I think in this crisis that's what's
shown here," Speed said this week.
"Now, it's not a hiccup, it's much more than that, and my response to
that was when I saw that interview and I thought Australian cricket can
do better in choosing its chairperson.
"The game deserves better governance, the game deserves better leadership."
Peever, who took over the chairmanship from former Test opener Wally Edwards in 2015, has been a polarising figure.
He helped negotiate a new A$1.2 billion broadcast
deal for the organisation, but was widely criticised for his handling of
a bitter 2017 pay dispute.