Cricket Australia chairman urged to quit after ball-tampering review

Taylor said he is looking forward to the review being made public

Taylor said he is looking forward to the review being made public

But former Australian bowler Geoff Lawson said the chairman should be replaced by someone who played at the elite level.

"The events in South Africa were in part a by-product of a culture and system which, amongst other things, placed too much pressure on players to win", said ACA President Greg Dyer, a former Test wicketkeeper. "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", the report said.

CA commissioned the review of its organisation and the men's team after a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year threw the team into turmoil.

THE review into the ball tampering scandal has reportedly found that Cricket Australia's own failures contributed to the end result, which saw three players banned.

Cricket Australia will not reconsider reducing the ban on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the ball-tampering case despite a series against a full-strength India awaiting them next month. It was just something that people couldn't understand you know and it was a shock to all of Australia and we reacted accordingly. "I'd like to see Mark Taylor stand up as chairman of Cricket Australia", he said.

Paine said it is clear to players what the country expects of them as representatives of the country. "But there's a right and a wrong way to do it".

"An Australian Cricketer walks off the field for being sledged!" "It is also said to be evident in other stakeholder relationships and extends to turning a blind eye to behaviour that would normally be described as bullying". They've got to have the passion, they've got to have the desire but I think it's a great chance of redemption.

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He seemed to be fixated with the whole "Smile with us, Dream with us" comment in the "Players' Pact" that was released by Tim Paine and Josh Hazlewood after the cultural review.

In its race to corporatise, centralise and improve team performance over the past seven years, Cricket Australia's leadership lost sight of the fact that sport is not a business, and that cricket in particular is judged by the way in which its participants abide by the spirit of cricket as much as by how often they win or lose.

The report proposes 42 recommendations in order to fix the state of Australian cricket.

It has also been recommended that CA have voting for the Allan Border Medal take into account player behaviour and character and not just on-field performance, akin to the AFL's Brownlow Medal where suspended players can not claim the award.

"Players feel they are treated as commodities".

As the game's senior administrators and officials digested the damning findings of the 145-page Longstaff report, scrutiny on Peever's position at the helm intensified.

CA chairman David Peever said the organisation decided, in the wake of the scandal, that the review was in the best interests of the game. "And so the sanctions stand, as I said several weeks ago".

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