Cricket Australia confirms chairman Peever’s resignation

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Cricket Australia has today confirmed that David Peever has announced his resignation as Chairman of the Board of Cricket Australia with immediate effect.

The Board has appointed Deputy Chair, Mr Earl Eddings, as interim Chair and will undertake the necessary process to make a permanent appointment.

Media reports suggest the resignation is influenced by the scathing review of cricket Down Under in wake of the ball tampering fiasco, which has led to one-year ban on the team captain Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner.

The report had described the Cricket Australia administration as “arrogant and controlling” while also partially blaming the top management for the ball tampering incident.

Australian media has reported that the CA chairman, who was re-elected only seven days ago, offered his resignation after he was told by key stakeholders that his position had become untenable.

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“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,” a Cricket Australia Press release has quoted Earl Eddings as saying. Eddings has taken charge from Peever as interim chairman of Cricket Australia.

“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,” Eddings added.

Meanwhile, reports suggest Eddings and former Australian captain Mark Taylor to be the front runners to replace Peever.

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