Yahoo7 News Australia – Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Australia’s top cricket chiefs Friday ruled out stepping down after a ball-tampering scandal that shocked the nation, saying it was “not the time for a witch-hunt” as a review into player conduct was Australia defends role in crisis, announces player sport has been engulfed in one of its biggest crises after former captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft attempted to alter the ball’s condition in the third Test in South Africa last month.

Summary

  • Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Australia’s top cricket chiefs Friday ruled out stepping down after a ball-tampering scandal that shocked the nation, saying it was “not the time for a witch-hunt” as a review into player conduct was Australia defends role in crisis, announces player sport has been engulfed in one of its biggest crises after former captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft attempted to alter the ball’s condition in the third Test in South Africa last month.
  • Critics have questioned whether Cricket Australia’s role in the affair should come under scrutiny, but chairman David Peever said he did not intend to step down and that chief executive James Sutherland’s job was not in jeopardy.
  • But the players’ union the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), which has criticised the bans as disproportionate compared to previous cases, said the review was “far from independent”.
  • Peever said former ex-Test opener Rick McCosker would also chair a separate player and former-player driven process to consider a charter setting out “standards of behaviour and expectations of Australian teams”.
  • “It is anticipated that this process will include assessments as to whether changes to codes and standards governing player conduct are required,” said Peever, a former managing director of mining giant Rio Tinto.


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