Ex-cap­tain Tay­lor quits as Cricket Aus­tralia di­rec­tor

Shanghai Daily - - SPORTS - CRICKET

FOR­MER test cap­tain Mark Tay­lor has quit as a di­rec­tor of Cricket Aus­tralia in the lat­est fall­out from a ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal that has re­ver­ber­ated around the na­tional team and its ad­min­is­tra­tion since March.

Tay­lor had been touted as a pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor to board chair­man David Peever, who re­lented last week to pres­sure to re­sign af­ter a highly-crit­i­cal re­port into the con­duct and gov­er­nance of Cricket Aus­tralia. The re­port found CA shared some blame for the cul­ture that led to the ball-tam­per­ing at­tempt in a test against South Africa at Cape Town in March. Test cap­tain Steve Smith and vice cap­tain David Warner were banned from in­ter­na­tional or first-class cricket for 12 months and open­ing bats­man Cameron Ban­croft was sus­pended for nine months af­ter the clumsy plot to change the con­di­tion of the ball dur­ing the game against South Africa was cap­tured by TV cam­eras. Dur­ing his time on the CA board Tay­lor had acted as a con­duit be­tween ad­min­is­tra­tors and play­ers, though he was re­cently crit­i­cal of a call from the Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion to re­duce the bans on Smith and Warner.

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