Ex-captain Taylor quits as Cricket Australia director
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.