Cricket Australia review: The key recommendations

Cricket Australia (CA) has been accused to being “arrogant” and “controlling” in a long-awaited report into its culture revealed on Monday by Test captain Tim Paine, in which 42 recommendations have been put forward to the ruling body.

The Ethics Centre was commissioned to review CA in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal that erupted during the Cape Town Test  in March, and which saw former captain Steve Smith, former vice-captain David Warner and Test opener Cameron Bancroft handed bans from international and state cricket.

In a 145-page report by the Ethics Centre, CA has also been accused of not consistently living up to its “values and principles”.

Among the key recommendations are:

- The establishment of the Australian Cricket Council, a consultative body to meet twice a year.

- A three-member ethics commission to hold everyone in Australian cricket “accountable to the ethical foundations for the game”.

- That CA accept its share of responsibility in the circumstances that preluded the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.

- That selectors take into account a player’s character and skills when naming squads.

- That CA implement a system to consult with fans.

- That player awards such as the Allan Border Medal take into account character and behaviour and not just performances.

- That umpires be empowered to send off players across Test, Sheffield Shield and grade cracker after one informal warning.

- That players with CA contracts be encouraged and enabled to be actively involved in Shield and grade cricket.

- That Test and ODI cricketers be excused from playing Twenty20 internationals in. Order to play Shield and grade cricket – though his recommendation was the only one which CA rejected.

- That CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association initiate a process by which a constructive working relationship is established in 30 days.

- That the Australian vice-captaincy by de-coupled from him being the next in line for the captaincy.

- That CA amend its anti-harassment code so that the definition of harassment includes sledging.

- High Performance Unit staff are banned from industrial negotiations (CA says this recommendation is under review).