More CA ex­ecs out over ball-tam­per tur­moil

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

THE ex­o­dus at Cricket Aus­tralia grew on Wed­nes­day as two more top ex­ec­u­tives quit the em­bat­tled gov­ern­ing body af­ter a ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal and a scathing re­view trig­gered an out­cry.

Team per­for­mance boss Pat Howard, who was due to leave next year, has brought for­ward his de­par­ture to next week, while broad­cast­ing chief Ben Amarfio left on Wed­nes­day, Cricket Aus­tralia said.

The lat­est de­par­tures come af­ter chair­man David Peever was forced out last week and for­mer Test cap­tain Mark Tay­lor quit as a di­rec­tor. For­mer CEO James Suther­land stepped down last month.

The ‘Sand­pa­per-gate’ scan­dal, where the team was caught us­ing sand­pa­per to al­ter the flight of the ball, also cost for­mer coach Dar­ren Lehmann his job and prompted lengthy bans for three play­ers.

Cricket Aus­tralia said the lat­est changes sig­nalled a “new chap­ter” un­der the lead­er­ship of in­com­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Roberts.

“I think it is im­por­tant at this point in time that we give cricket a fresh start and we start look­ing for­ward so that we can heal,” Roberts told re­porters in Mel­bourne.

“We are as trans­par­ent as we can be in this sit­u­a­tion,” he added when pressed for more de­tails about why the pair were leav­ing Cricket Aus­tralia.

“But I ask that we re­spect Pat and Ben and ev­ery­thing that they have brought to the game, and the pub­lic can know that we make these changes and hard de­ci­sions with real re­spect and sen­si­tiv­ity to our peo­ple. And be­cause of that I hope you un­der­stand I won’t be go­ing into de­tail.”

Roberts said there would be no fur­ther “sig­nif­i­cant change at the ex­ec­u­tive level in the months ahead”.

In an ear­lier state­ment he said it was “clear that we need to deepen our re­la­tion­ships with fans, play­ers and the broader cricket com­mu­nity”, ac­knowl­edg­ing it had been a “tur­bu­lent year in Aus­tralian cricket”.


Sven-Goran Eriks­son smiles at a press con­fer­ence in Manila on Novem­ber 5, 2018.

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