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‘Serious WTF moment’ – Sutherland regrets missing ball-tampering incident

Yahoo – Singapore – Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland says he switched off his TV before the ball-tampering incident in South Africa

Departing Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland admits he had a “serious WTF moment” on learning of the ball-tampering scandal this year and believes he could have mitigated the fall-out if he had intervened earlier.

Summary

  • Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland says he switched off his TV before the ball-tampering incident in South AfricaDeparting Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland admits he had a “serious WTF moment” on learning of the ball-tampering scandal this year and believes he could have mitigated the fall-out if he had intervened earlier.
  • Sutherland, who stepped down Thursday after 17 years in charge, was watching the third Test in South Africa at home in Melbourne but switched off before the now infamous sandpaper incident.
  • Sutherland also missed the ensuing press conference in Cape Town where captain Steve Smith and others attempted to cover up the truth.
  • Sutherland, who has been replaced by internal candidate Kevin Roberts, won plaudits during his long reign for negotiating a lucrative new television rights deal and popularising the Big Bash League, day-night Tests and women’s cricket.
  • Two reviews prompted by the incident — one focusing on the culture within Cricket Australia and the other into the team — are due to be released on Monday.


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