Players’ body criticises CA over review

Cricket chairman David Peever insists there has been no delay in releasing the results of a long-awaited independent review into the governing body.
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But the review remained under wraps at Thursday’s CA annual general meeting (AGM), prompting criticism from the n Cricketers’ Association (ACA).

Players’ association president Greg Dyer said CA had missed an opportunity.

Peever was re-elected as CA chairman at the AGM.

The Ethics Centre’s report will be released on Monday, more than six months after the think tank had been commissioned by CA to conduct a warts-and-all appraisal of the governing body in light of the Cape Town cheating scandal.

The players’ union had called on state associations to be given a copy of the review before CA’s AGM, so they could make a more informed decision about the prospect of another Peever term.

“There has been no delay,” Peever told reporters.

“We didn’t get a final copy of the review until this week.

“We have always said they will be released before the start of the international men’s summer, which is what is happening.”

The former Rio Tinto mining boss noted CA intended to brief state organisations and the players’ union in coming days before the public release.

“I don’t want to pre-empt any of the conversations,” Peever said, refusing to shed any light on the review’s recommendations.

“We accept our share of the responsibility of events …

“Tomorrow at our board meeting, we’ll be going through the recommendations with a view of trying to be clear (in what CA’s response will be).”

Dyer was unimpressed, saying in a statement that this was a crucial opportunity for the game.

“The ACA’s submission to the Longstaff Review raised concerns with the lack of transparency and accountability at the leadership level at CA,” Dyer said.

“The ACA believes that the CA Board has missed an opportunity to have the results of this review understood and contested, prior to this meeting.”

Dyer added the ACA was looking forward to the review with expectation and cautious optimism.

Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were stripped of their leadership titles and banned for 12 months by CA in response to the sandpaper ball-tampering saga in South Africa.

Coach Darren Lehmann and chief executive James Sutherland have vacated their posts since the scandal, while team-performance chief Pat Howard is departing next year.

Peever, who rowed with players during last year’s pay dispute, will not be following them out the door.

“I was asked to continue in the context of the various change going on,” Peever said.

“I felt continuity was important so I agreed to the request to continue.”