Hindustan Times – Banned former Australian captain Steve Smith on Wednesday said that Cricket Australia executives James Sutherland and Pat Howard played a key role in spreading the toxic “win at all costs” culture in the team that led to the infamous ball-tampering scandal.

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  • Banned former Australian captain Steve Smith on Wednesday said that Cricket Australia executives James Sutherland and Pat Howard played a key role in spreading the toxic “win at all costs” culture in the team that led to the infamous ball-tampering scandal.
  • And I remember James Sutherland and Pat Howard coming into the rooms there and actually saying ‘We don’t pay you to play, we pay you to win’,” the 29-year-old Smith told ‘Fox Cricket’ host Adam Gilchrist in an interview.
  • While Sutherland resigned from his position as CA chief executive after the incident, team performance head Howard was sacked last month after review by an independent committee.
  • In fact, Howard was one of CA’s investigation team members that questioned Smith and other players in the aftermath of the scandal.
  • Personally, I don’t think it was a bad culture,” he added.


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