Jones joins CA board af­ter months of tur­moil

Mercury (Hobart) - - CRICKET - PETER LALOR Cricket writer

FOR­MER Test star turned com­men­ta­tor Mel Jones is set to take up a seat on the board of Cricket Aus­tralia, fill­ing the fi­nal po­si­tion left va­cant fol­low­ing the most con­tro­ver­sial 18 months in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s his­tory.

The re­spected 47-year-old was awarded the Or­der of Aus­tralia Medal this year and in­ducted to the Vic­to­rian Honour Roll of Women in 2017.

She played five Tests and 61 ODIs for Aus­tralia be­fore be­gin­ning a com­men­tary ca­reer in the UK last decade, worked in ad­min­is­tra­tion in South Africa and Aus­tralia and was one of the first women com­men­ta­tors on the IPL in 2015.

She is now a com­men­ta­tor with Fox Cricket.

Her ap­point­ment sig­nals an end to a tu­mul­tuous time dat­ing back to the pay dis­pute in 2017.

Three di­rec­tors, in­clud­ing chair­man David Peever, left the board last year in the fall­out from the scathing cul­tural re­view and the dis­as­trous MOU ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Peever was pushed to re­sign by NSW Cricket as anger rose over his han­dling of the re­view which was com­mis­sioned in the wake of the sand­pa­per scan­dal in South Africa.

His exit was pre­cip­i­tated by the pub­li­ca­tion of a scathing email from WA di­rec­tor Bob Every who at­tacked Peever’s lead­er­ship and han­dling of crit­i­cal is­sues.

Mark Tay­lor re­signed soon af­ter Peever quit, cit­ing dis­il­lu­sion­ment over the board’s re­la­tion­ship with the Aus­tralian Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

The ex­o­dus co­in­cided with the res­ig­na­tion of chief ex­ec­u­tive James Suther­land and the ap­point­ment of Kevin Roberts to that po­si­tion and sparked fur­ther cu­ri­ous board moves.

Peever’s re­cently ap­pointed deputy chair­man Earl Ed­dings, who was the board can­di­date nom­i­nated by Vic­to­rian Cricket, was el­e­vated to the va­cant chair­man’s role de­spite the protests of his own state.

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