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David Peever (Getty Images)

Days after being re-elected to the post, Cricket Australia (CA) chairman David Peever has resigned on Thursday after pressure mounted on him to step down following a culture review report released this week.

Peever was unanimously elected the board chief last Friday, three days before the damning review into Australian cricket culture was made public that termed the board as ‘arrogant’ and ‘controlling’ apart from fostering an environment of winning at all cost that led to the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

The incident saw Steve Smith and David Warner being banned for 12 months each and the duo was also stripped off their respective leadership roles. The then coach Darren Lehmann also resigned while CA CEO James Sutherland also stepped down.

Peever tendered his resignation Thursday afternoon during a board meeting. “Cricket Australia has today confirmed that Mr David Peever has announced his resignation as Chairman of the Board of Cricket Australia, effective immediately,” CA said in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.

Deputy Chairman Earl Eddings has been named as the interim chief and will oversee the process of a ‘permanent appointment’.

“We thank David for his service. He has played a pivotal role in the elevation of women’s cricket, and the significant growth in attendance and participation. He should also be acknowledged for his efforts in improving funding to the ICC full member nations outside Australia, England and India; overhauling governance of the ICC and reforming the Future Tours program, among a long list of achievements,” Eddings said.

He further added, “We look forward to continuing the important process of recovering and rebuilding for Cricket Australia and Australian Cricket. The Board is keenly aware that we have a way to go to earn back the trust of the cricket community. We and the executive team are determined to make cricket stronger.”

Peever is the latest in the list of those who have left their positions. There has been suggestion that former Australia captain Mark Taylor should succeed Peever as the chairman.