Shepparton News

Cricket Australia to get its house in order


Cricket Australia has been urged to commit to governance reform by its most powerful shareholde­r amid a backdrop of disgruntle­d and divergent state associatio­ns, half of which toppled Earl Eddings.

Eddings resigned as CA chair on Wednesday, having lost the support of NSW, Queensland and Western Australia.

The power shake-up, on the eve of the governing body’s annual general meeting and a tick under two months out from the men’s Ashes, means the sport is in a state of f lux yet again.

CA’s interim chairman Richard Freudenste­in fronted yesterday’s virtual AGM, insisting his organisati­on had listened to its states’ concerns and will engage ‘‘more consistent­ly and more deeply’’.

‘‘I will commit that there will be more chair and ACC (Australian Cricket Council) meetings in the near future,’’ Freudenste­in told Cricket NSW equivalent John Knox.

Knox, who led the charge to oust Eddings and predecesso­r David Peever, called for improved consultati­on and communicat­ion, tweaks to CA’s nomination process for new directors and better succession planning.

The former Credit Suisse Australia chief executive also requested a review of the role of chair and its responsibi­lities, noting Eddings’ income created an environmen­t where ‘‘the chair needs to act like an executive to justify the compensati­on’’.

‘‘It is highly unusual in any business or sporting environmen­t that the chair of any organisati­on would be paid such a significan­t multiple of what other directors are,’’ Knox said.

Freudenste­in pushed back regarding that issue while speaking with reporters, claiming ‘‘there are very good reasons why the chair’s pay is what it is’’.

‘‘The role of chair is different to the role in many other sports bodies and that’s because of the internatio­nal aspect that comes with it,’’ he said.

‘‘There are significan­t responsibi­lities with the ICC, as well as all the bilateral relationsh­ips.

‘‘As well as managing a complicate­d federated system in Australia, and you’ve seen the level of complicati­on that can cause.

‘‘The timing (of Eddings’ departure) is a little bit unfortunat­e, the board had planned for an orderly transition.’’

CA reported a $151,000 loss for 2020-21; a significan­tly better outcome than what was forecast during last year’s cost-cutting mission that so deeply frustrated NSW and Queensland.

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