Ed­dings key to CA ‘re­set’

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - ROB FOR­SAITH

EARL Ed­dings’s ap­point­ment as Cricket Aus­tralia chair­man is yet to be rub­ber stamped by states, but the over­rid­ing sen­ti­ment within the sport is that the bick­er­ing and blood­shed must stop.

The board has es­sen­tially set­tled on Ed­dings as the man to over­see one of CA’s most chal­leng­ing chap­ters.

Ed­dings’s pro­mo­tion was fore­shad­owed even be­fore chair­man David Peever, prompted by a call from Cricket NSW coun­ter­part John Knox, quit in light of The Ethics Cen­tre’s scathing in­de­pen­dent re­port.

A for­mer pres­i­dent of grade club North Mel­bourne, Ed­dings was ap­pointed deputy chair­man at CA’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing then in­stalled as in­terim boss when Peever re­signed.

CA is ob­vi­ously keen to crack on and start patch­ing the var­i­ous pot­holes that have been ex­posed since the Cape Town cheat­ing scan­dal.

But the sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion is also des­per­ate to get every­body — in­clud­ing the six state as­so­ci­a­tions — row­ing in the same di­rec­tion.

One of many is­sues high­lighted by the cul­tural re­view was the dynamic be­tween CA and its share­hold­ers.

CA’s board is adopt­ing a con­sul­ta­tive ap­proach, want­ing to en­sure there is no re­peat of the far­ci­cal scenes that re­sulted in Peever be­ing unan­i­mously re-elected then rolled within a week.

Ed­dings, who runs a riskman­age­ment firm, is well placed to en­sure every i is dot­ted and t crossed.

It’s be­lieved the ma­jor­ity of state big­wigs are ei­ther sup­port­ive of the Vic­to­rian and/or recog­nise that snub­bing him would cre­ate fur­ther dishar­mony and in­fight­ing at a time when CA ur­gently needs to get its af­fairs in or­der. Sev­eral past and present play­ers have re­cently said how they hope the past fort­night will be a cat­a­lyst for change but also stressed a de­sire for ur­gent sta­bil­ity given sum­mer has started.

Ge­orge Bai­ley, the wide­lyre­spected vet­eran who was part of the player-led re­view that was chaired by for­mer Test opener Rick McCosker, be­lieves it is time to start look­ing to the fu­ture.

“Play­ers are at the stage now where we just want to move on. I’m sure ev­ery­one does,” Bai­ley said.

“So much has been said, so much has been writ­ten. Let the cricket start to do some talk­ing.

“There’s lots of good that can come out of a re­set.”

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