Ball-tampering report slams 'arrogant' Cricket Australia culture

Ball-tampering report slams 'arrogant' Cricket Australia culture

Ball-tampering report slams 'arrogant' Cricket Australia culture

"Given there is independent verification that CA system and culture were contributing factors, the ACA executive calls for the lifting of the board imposed penalties on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft", Mr Dyer said.

Since the scandal broke CA has appointed new leaders to all three Australian men's cricket teams, as well as a new chief executive in Kevin Roberts to replace James Sutherland.

In light of the findings, ACA boss Greg Dyer on Tuesday called for the banned trio to be given a reprieve, stating they had suffered enough.

CA chairman David Peever said there is no chance that Smith and Warner will be available to return to worldwide or domestic cricket before April 2019, while Bancroft will remain banned until next January.

"The players have already lost time in the game, chances to play for Australia, endured public humiliation and face massive financial penalties", Dyer said. "The leadership of CA should also accept responsibility for its inadvertent (but foreseeable) failure to create and support a culture in which the will-to-win was balanced by an equal commitment to moral courage and ethical restraint".

"This is the moment Australian cricket must shed its bully-boy reputation and a win-at-all costs attitude that has ripped the game apart", he said.

In the report released on Monday, the sport's governing body, Cricket Australia, has been damned as arrogant, bullying, controlling and crudely commercial.

For decades, the Australian Test side has adopted a prickly, uncompromising demeanour on the field that former captain Steve Waugh said was meant to bring about the "mental disintegration" of opponents.

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Peever's refusal to publicly release the organisational review, chaired by The Ethics Centre's Dr Simon Longstaff, before he put his name forward for a second term as Cricket Australia chairman last week has been viewed around the globe as "arrogant" and underhanded.

"I'd be happy either way - for the bans to be lifted (entirely) ... but at worst (a compromise) so they can play Sheffield Shield cricket or Big Bash", Border told The Daily Telegraph. You just hope they get the right help, everyone gets the right help when they need it.

"Responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incidents", in the match at Cape Town.

He said: "At Cricket Australia our goal is to unite and inspire communities through cricket".

Chairman David Peever says he does not intend to stand down despite a poor independent review of CA.

Little has been publicly reported, but Smith, Warner and Lehmann have all experienced dark times over the past few months and are still working their way through their mental demons as they deal with the sudden and brutal nature of how their lives changed forever back in March.

Katich told radio station SEN: "I think the players should see out their bans". Players, asked to "play the mongrel", could become men they did not want to be as a result of this, the report added.

He said: 'I think they should be back but it's up to the board to make that decision, not me.

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