‘The board just doesn’t understand the game’

CRICKET Australia chairman David Peever’s position remains a topic of hot debate in the sport, with Ian Chappell and Simon Katich becoming the latest figures to raise concerns in light of Monday’s review.

Peever was unanimously re-elected at CA’s annual general meeting last Friday, at which point state associations were yet to read The Ethics Centre’s scathing report.

The boss of Australian cricket has come under immense public scrutiny after the publication of a 145-page independent report that detailed a raft of concerns about his organisation’s culture.

Peever suggested on Monday he has no intention to resign and serves “as a director at the pleasure of our owners, the states”.

Chappell noted players have every right to feel angry and disillusioned given Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Banrcoft are the only three individuals to receive any form of sanction from CA.

“It seems to me they (CA) still don’t understand that this has to be a partnership,” Chappell told the ABC.

“I played in the time when it was master-servant relationship. It seems to me he (Peever) is trying to take it back to that level. Ridiculous.

“If the buck stopped with him, he’d be gone.

“The people on the board, they don’t understand the game of cricket at the highest level … they’ll argue they have a couple of ex-players on the board, yeah sure, but they are there more as window dressing”.

To oust Peever, the state associations would need to take the highly-unusual step of calling an extraordinary general meeting then vote two-thirds in favour of removing him.

“The states will have that decision to make, probably in the coming week if they seek fit,” former Test opener Katich told radio station SEN.

“He’s probably going to have to think long and hard about his tenure as chairman. Because it hasn’t been an ideal couple of years under his watch.

“The ball-tampering scandal has happened under his watch. The MoU negotiation happened under his watch.

“After what happened last year there’s a lot of mistrust (between players and administrators).”

Malcolm Speed has already backed former captain and long-time board member Mark Taylor to replace Peever as chairman.

“The game deserves better governance, the game deserves better leadership,” Speed, a former chief executive of both CA and the International Cricket Council, said on ABC Radio.

“The dyed-in-the-wool cricket people need to stand up and take back their sport.”

Former England captain Michael Atherton said Peever “will be lucky to survive”.

“It is hard to see how David Peever, the chairman, can remain in his post,” Atherton wrote in The Times.

Originally published as ‘The board just doesn’t understand the game’

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