Cricket Australia "arrogant" and "controlling", review finds

The Australian Cricketer's Association has called for the bans handed to Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, and Steve Smith to be lifted immediately, following Cricket Australia's review into its culture.

One Australian player declared "CA do not enjoy being challenged by commercial sponsors, players and other stakeholders". "Women's cricket remains unaffected", the review states in its executive summary.

"I want to say again, and I've said it before, that as chairman of the board of Cricket Australia, I accept responsibility for what happened in South Africa, but I'm also very confident that we're positioned to move forward from here".

Former Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland who stepped down in June after a hard period for the sport.

In their first Test series since the ball-tampering scandal erupted in South Africa, Australia were beaten by Pakistan earlier this month.

"Now, it's not a hiccup, it's much more than that, and my response to that was 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, the game deserves better leadership".

However, it was pointed out CA had applied the recommendations from the Argus Review in 2011, established to address the team's then poor performance.

Paine said it is clear to players what the country expects of them as representatives of the country. Players, asked to "play the mongrel", could become men they did not want to be as a result of this, the report added.

The report states that in some cases players are required to "play the mongrel", with the risk of becoming that person.

Tim Paine, who was promoted to team captain after the scandal, said he is not surprised by the report's findings.

The investigations were led by the Ethics Centre's Simon Longstaff, who looked into Cricket Australia's culture, and by former Test batsman Rick McCosker, who examined the team's culture.

At the same time, the ACA's president Greg Dyer indicated that relationships between the leaders of the two organisation had improved since last year's fractious pay dispute, even though he stated bluntly that much of the players' association's criticisms of CA over recent years had been fully backed up by the findings of Longstaff and McCosker.

The report also recommends changes to the role of co-captain, which it terms as being that of an "heir apparent" to the captaincy.

CA supports a recommendation that the role of vice-captain be "de-coupled" from that of "heir apparent" for the captaincy - a move made recently in the test and one-day global teams. The administrators make the mistake, the players cop the punishment. However, it was an individual howler from the trio, the whole system has played its villain role.

David Peever, who is Cricket Australia's chairman as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo said, "The sanctions were carried out and imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process".

  • Rosalie Stanley