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David Peever announces immediate resignation as Chairman of Cricket Australia Board

Cricket Australia has confirmed David Peever has stepped down as Chairman of the Board effective immediately earlier on Thursday.

It comes after Peever was heavily scrutinised for continuing on as Chairman – after the release of the findings of the Longstaff review into Australian cricket – following the ball-tampering scandal which rocked the nation and described the organisation as “arrogant” and “controlling”.

The review into the culture of the Australian cricket team found that winning became the number one priority for the team and for the organisation – without considering the costs of doing so.

The Board were also heavily criticised by the Australian Cricketers’ Association and its members with president Greg Dyer calling for the punishments of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be lifted.

Cricket Australia have announced former Victorian Cricket director Earl Eddings has been appointed as interim Chair as they look for a suitable candidate to take Peever’s place in the role.

The Age cricket writer Jon Pierik told Macquarie Sports Radio Nights Peever had to go.

“It certainly was (inevitable),” Pierik said.

“I know David insisted earlier in the week he was the right man to guide Australian cricket back into better waters, but it just wasn’t going to happen.

“The CEO’s gone, we’ve got a new captain and a new coach.

“He’d lost the support of the states – New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria didn’t really back him this week after the Longstaff review came out.

“I know he resigned today, but basically it was a forced resignation.

“I think it’s the best thing in Australian cricket if everyone starts to begin to move on from this disaster we’re in at the moment.”

It brings an end to a tumultuous eight months for Australian cricket with CEO James Sutherland, former coach Darren Lehmann and now Peever all resigning from their posts in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

While High Performance Manager Pat Howard has elected not to continue on in his role.

Meanwhile Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all temporarily lost their jobs for their involvement in the saga.

Cricket Australia released a statement thanking Peever for his efforts.

“We thank David for his service,” Eddings said.

“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.

“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.”

Peever first joined the Cricket Australia Board in 2012 and officially took over as Chairman in 2015 after a temporary term as Deputy Chair.

Australia play South Africa for the first time since the darkest day in Australian cricket in three ODIs beginning on November 4 in Perth.

 

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