Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

'Arrogant' Cricket Australia slammed in damning report

'Arrogant' Cricket Australia slammed in damning report

Cricket Godfather Allan Border described the bans as "excessive" and declared he would even be happy to see Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft given the green light to play worldwide cricket this summer following a cultural review that deemed CA administrators must share responsibility for the scandal which has rocked the game to its core.

Without Mr Peever's resignation sidelined players Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner have little chance of returning.

He also called for the "urgent" implementation of all 42 recommendations in the 145-page report, which included complaints of a bullying culture in elite men's cricket from those involved in the sport.

The review said the Cricket Australia leadership should accept responsibility "for its inadvertent (but foreseeable) failure to create and support a culture in which the will-to-win was balanced by an equal commitment to moral courage and ethical restraint".

The review that was set up in the wake of the ball tampering incident had observed that Australia's players were living in a "gilded bubble - disconnected, for much of each year, from families, friends and the grounding influence of community".

Cricket Australia have made counselling and psychological help available to the banished stars, but it's understood there is a feeling amongst them that they've been largely unsupported by the governing body.

It said under such circumstances, the ball-tampering scandal was foreseeable but CA failed to act.

You know they push the boundaries a bit by throwing the ball into the rough on the ground, which they shouldn't do and then it's escalated from there.

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While CA's new chief executive would have preferred a stronger response, Roberts indicated his door was always open for players to express concerns.

"That a financial institution "robbed the dead" is as unthinkable as an Australian cricket player taking sandpaper onto the field of play", he said.

Little has been publicly reported, but Smith, Warner and Lehmann have all experienced dark times over the past few months and are still working their way through their mental demons as they deal with the sudden and brutal nature of how their lives changed forever back in March. The reputation of the game of cricket, as played by men, has been tainted.

Peever has attracted great criticism in his handling of the report, which was released just days following his re-election as CA chairman for another three-year term. "They gave us a lot of feedback around that, so it's important to note that came through in the overall Longstaff report", Nicholson said.

"Players feel they are treated as commodities". We assure you. The players "get it".

Cricket insiders have pointed out that potential legal action would not help improve the already dire relations between the ACA and CA, although Dyer maintains there has been a "thawing" in the toxic relationship of last year's pay dispute.

"But I think that's missing at the moment, that the dyed-in-the-wool cricket people need to stand up and take back their sport", he said.

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