Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Ball-tampering report slams 'arrogant' Cricket Australia culture

Waugh called Australia's attempts to tamper with the ball using sandpaper as stupid Waugh called Australia's attempts to tamper with the ball using sandpaper as stupid
Domingo Copeland | 01 November, 2018, 12:45

Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann has joined calls for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to have their bans set aside and be allowed to return to state and worldwide cricket.

The independent review by the Sydney-based Ethics Centre of the ball-tampering scandal accused Cricket Australia (CA) of having an "arrogant" and "controlling" culture that led to players cheating in pursuit of victory.

Australian cricket was rocked earlier in the year after TV cameras spotted young batsman Bancroft using sandpaper to attempt to damage the condition of the ball in a Test match against South Africa.

Cricket Australia has been described as "arrogant" in a review of its culture commissioned after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

"Yes, this was a moment of madness but now there is evidence and independent verification of system failure as well".

"Common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced".

"There was a full investigation and that was the outcome of the investigation", Peever said.

The review, to be made public on Monday, handed down a number of recommendations including the creation of an ethics commission to look at the governance of the game, and the establishment of a cricket council to discuss major issues in Australian cricket.

While Lehmann's view of the mood of the Australian public might be reflective of the "bubble" the review said surrounded top players, test greats Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Doug Walters have also called for a reduction to the bans.

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The scandal also cut a swathe through Cricket Australia management, with Sutherland, coach Darren Lehmann and team performance boss Pat Howard all heading for the exits amid claims they fostered a toxic team culture.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal Smith has signed with the UAE T20X league which will launch in the Emirates on December 19 in direct competition with the BBL competition that he and David Warner are banned from. Dyer simply said: "Let them play".

The resulting fallout saw Bancroft, Ashes-winning captain Steve Smith and experienced Baggy Green David Warner axed from the team and slapped with bans.

"David is the first to have come out of the corporate world rather than out of the cricket world and I think in this crisis that's what's shown here", Speed added. "I didn't see that in my time", he said.

CEO Alistair Nicholson said ACA is not condoning the actions of the three players but that their sentences need to be reviewed. "I know that Smith will be passionate, he's still only young, he loves cricket and he's got that drive to get back there".

CA chairman David Peever has maintained the suspensions will be upheld while CA chief executive Kevin Roberts has suggested the players' case has been weakened because they opted to not appeal against their suspensions in March.

Ironically, the review's most urgent recommendation was for CA and the ACA to establish a constructive working relationship within 30 days.

Darren Lehmann admits he anxious for the banned trio.

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