David Peever
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In the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal, Cricket Australia (CA) commissioned review of its corporate and on-field culture. The findings of the review claimed CA of fostering an environment of ‘winning without counting the cost’, labelling the governing body as ‘arrogant’ and ‘controlling’.

Calls are now growing for the CA chairman David Peever to resign from his post with former Australia PM Kevin Rudd and former ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed asking him to step down.

“It’s not a hiccup, it’s much more than that,” Speed told ABC radio. “My response when I saw that interview and I saw that comment, I thought Australian cricket can do better in choosing its chairman and the game deserves better governance.”

He suggested that former Australia captain Mark Taylor would be an ideal candidate to succeed Peever. “I’d like to see Mark Taylor stand up as chairman of Cricket Australia,” Speed said.

He continued, “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. It’s good to see some diversity on the board – some women, some people who aren’t from the cricket family so to speak – but I think that’s missing at the moment, that the dyed-in-the-wool cricket people need to stand up and take back their sport.”

Rudd joined the debate through Twitter with a hashtag #PeeverShouldResign. “So let’s get this straight,” he wrote. “Cricket Australia, under David Peever, has overseen the destruction of the (international) image of our national game.But Peever gets re-appointed as chair last wk, 3 days before release of damning report? #PeeverShouldResign, ” he wrote.


Following the ball-tampering scandal, CA CEO James Sutherland, coach Darren Lehmann and performance head Pat Howard all tendered their resignations. Peever is the only high-profile official to have continued in his position since Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for their respective roles in using sandpaper to alter the condition of cricket ball during Cape Town Test earlier this year.