Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever Steps Down

Something had to give. Someone had to go.

Cricket Australia chair David Peever has become the first head-office casualty of the ball tampering scandal, just days after being elected to a second three-year term at the AGM.

The push appears to have come from the state cricket associations, who were among Peever's biggest critics in the survey of cricket stakeholders in the Longstaff Review into Cricket Australia culture, which was handed down earlier this week.

A clear theme was that the rot had started at the top.

The review clearly stated on page 7 that:

"The leadership of CA should also accept responsibility for its inadvertent (but foreseeable) failure to create and support a culture in which the will-to-win was balanced by an equal commitment to moral courage and ethical restraint."

Throughout the 147 page document, there were constant references to a culture within the governing body that was "arrogant", controlling" and at worst, tolerant of bullying.

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Peever pointed out several times at the launch of the review that it was CA that had commissioned it. His point seemed to be that this somehow excused anyone within CA from facing sanctions of the sort handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Steve Smith and David Warner. Image: Photo by Quinn Rooney - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

But with the damning portrayal of the corporate culture within CA, and with long-serving CEO James Sutherland already on the way out having announced a departure plan earlier this year, Peever had a target on his back.

Earl Eddings has been named interim chairman.

“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."

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