Cricket Australia chairman David Peever yesterday resigned after coming under pressure over a ball-tampering scandal that 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 an independent review sparked by the cheating row slammed the governing body.
Calls have been mounting for Peever to go after it emerged that the Cricket Australia-commissioned report was not provided to the nation’s state associations before he was re-elected.
He was also widely criticized after an interview with broadcaster ABC this week in which he referred to the ball-tampering affair as a “hiccup.”
“Cricket Australia has today confirmed that Mr David Peever has announced his resignation as chairman of the board of Cricket Australia, effective immediately,” the governing body said in a statement.
His deputy, Earl Eddings, was appointed as interim chairman and said: “We have a way to go to earn back the trust of the cricket community.”
The review by the Sydney-based Ethics Centre blasted Cricket Autralia’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.
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.
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 in the nation.
It made 42 recommendations, including establishing an anti-harassment code to stop sledging and training to improve team leaders’ “moral courage.”
Peever, 61, in the immediate aftermath of the review said he was “not embarrassed at all,” while acknowledging that the board shared responsibility for the events in South Africa.
He said he had no plans to resign, but the Australian newspaper reported that he was told by key stakeholders yesterday 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 said.
“We and the executive team are determined to make cricket stronger,” he said.
INDIA v WEST INDIES
India wrapped up the one-day international series 3-1 against the West Indies with a nine-wicket thrashing in Thiruvananthapuram yesterday after bowling out the visitors for 104 in 31.5 overs.
When Atalanta BC coach Gian Piero Gasperini was struggling with COVID-19 in the middle of March, the prospect of entering Bergamo’s hospital — which was overflowing with coronavirus patients at the time — made him fear for his life. “Every two minutes an ambulance passed by. It seemed like a war,” Gasperini said. “At night, I would think: ‘If go in there [the hospital], what will happen to me?’” Fortunately for Gasperini, he quickly recovered and did not have to check into Pope John XXIII hospital. The coach only recently confirmed that he had the coronavirus when the entire team was tested 10
A feel-good campaign allowing fans to have cardboard cutouts of themselves at Australian rugby league games has been hijacked by pranksters, with a notorious serial killer among those making an appearance — while one TV show edited an image of Adolf Hitler into the crowd. The NRL launched “Fan In The Stand” to coincide with the sport’s return at the weekend after its season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters are barred from stadiums under strict health protocols, but can pay A$22 (US$15) to have their photograph printed on a life-size cutout and placed in the stands of
The losing captain thanked the winning team’s players for their personal sacrifices leading into the match and a charter flight pilot received a big round of applause when his plane beat incoming fog to touch down after midnight following another game as feel-good stories off the field matched those on it as the National Rugby League (NRL) restarted its season in Australia over the weekend. The New Zealand Warriors’ 18-0 win over St George Illawarra was the Auckland-based team’s first of the season after three rounds and it could not have come at a better time. Due to international travel restrictions
“Road Runner” Alphonso Davies lived up to his nickname with another lightning sprint on Saturday as Bayern Munich opened a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga. Having defeated second-placed Borussia Dortmund 1-0 away in midweek, Bayern enjoyed a 5-0 romp over Fortuna Duesseldorf. Defender Mathias Joergensen scored an early own-goal before Benjamin Pavard, Robert Lewandowski (2) and Davies scored for Bayern. With five games remaining, the defending champions, who have won their past eight league games, are comfortably on course for an eighth straight league title. Davies scored the best goal of the game when the fleet-footed defender pressed Duesseldorf into making a mistake, barged