CA re-appoints controversial chairman David Peever ahead of release of reviews into state of Australian cricket

Cricket Australia (CA) reappointed its controversial chairman David Peever Thursday, before the release of two reviews prompted by a ball-tampering scandal that sullied the sport's reputation during his tenure.

Reuters, October 25, 2018

Sydney: Cricket Australia (CA) reappointed its controversial chairman David Peever Thursday, before the release of two reviews prompted by a ball-tampering scandal that sullied the sport's reputation during his tenure.

Peever, a polarising figure criticised for his handling of a bitter 2017 pay dispute, is the one of the few senior executives left standing at the organisation after this year's ball-tampering fiasco.

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever was at the centre of the 2017 pay dispute. AFP

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever was at the centre of the 2017 pay dispute. AFP

The scandal involved Australian players using sandpaper to alter the flight of the ball in a Test match against South Africa last March.

Coach Darren Lehmann quit in the wake of the uproar and then-captain Steve Smith, deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned from the game.

Cricket Australia said Wednesday that team performance boss Pat Howard will step down next year.

Meanwhile, outgoing Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland is being formally replaced on Thursday by insider Kevin Roberts — the lead negotiator during last year's acrimonious pay talks.

Peever's re-election came as the governing body reported a return to profit, boosted by a massive six-year television and digital rights contract.

Australian cricket's governing body reported a surplus of Aus$8.3 million (US$5.9 million) for the year ending 30 June, after incurring a deficit of Aus$50.8 million in the previous 12 months.

The two reviews into the state of the game commissioned post-South Africa — one focusing on the culture within Cricket Australia and the other into the team — will be released on Monday.

Updated Date: Oct 25, 2018







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