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Ball-tampering scandal: David Peever steps down as Cricket Australia chairman

News Agencies | Updated on: 2 November 2018, 11:18 IST

Cricket Australia (CA) chairman David Peever has stepped from his position with immediate effect.

Peever's resignation comes in the wake of criticism stemming against him from the review of corporate and on-field culture released earlier this week which holds him responsible for the ball-tampering saga.

In report's findings that Cricket Australia's "Controlling" and "Arrogant" " culture had, in part, contributed to the development of a "win without counting the cost" mentality that led to the ball-tampering episode, Peever rejected calls for his resignation."

Former Cricket Victoria director, Earl Eddings, was confirmed as deputy chair. He has also been installed as interim chair until the board convenes in the near future to undertake the process of making a permanent appointment. The decision was taken at the annual general meeting of Cricket Australia held last week, cricket.com.au reported.

"I serve as chairman at the pleasure of the board and I serve as a director at the pleasure of our owners," Eddings stated.

"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," Eddings said while expressing gratitude to the outgoing chairman.

While unveiling his future plans, he said, "We look forward to continuing the important process of recovering and rebuilding for Cricket Australia and Australian Cricket. 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."

Talking about the report prepared by Sydney-based Ethics centre, Peever said that he was best-placed to oversee the cultural changes outlined.


First published: 2 November 2018, 11:18 IST