Sports desk: The fallout of the ugly ball-tampering scandal has continued with respected Cricket Australia (CA) board member Bob Every resigning.
According to The Australian Financial Review, Every resigned from the board abruptly on Friday (May 4) in the aftermath of Justin Langer’s appointment as head coach, Cricbuzz reports.
Australian cricket has been in turmoil since the ball-tampering scandal blew up during the third Test in South Africa.
Former leaders Steve Smith and David Warner have been suspended for 12 months, while culprit Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban. Coach Darren Lehmann resigned in the aftermath of the scandal with Langer to step into the hot seat later this month.
Two concurrent reviews have been setup – one being an independent look into CA and the other examining the culture of the men’s team, which will comprise a panel of former and current players plus Langer.
Every, a former mining boss, was due to finish his three-year term in October and had considerable gravitas due to his lengthy corporate background. It is believed that Every had been at odds with aspects of the reviews.
“Bob has served on the CA Board for more than two and a half years and has made a valuable contribution over that time,” David Peever, CA chairman, said on Monday. “Bob served on the MOU sub-committee for the most recent negotiations with the Australian Cricketers’ Association, CA’s Audit and Risk Committee and was an active contributor to Board discussions.
“On behalf of Cricket Australia and Australian cricket, I thank him for his service and wish him well for the future,” he added.
CA said the nominations process for board members, whose term finishes in 2018, had commenced with appointments expected to be formalised at the next Annual General Meeting later this year.
Meanwhile, Mark Taylor, the former captain and current CA board member, believes Smith can return to the captaincy down the track. Unlike Warner, who can never again assume a national leadership position, Smith can be considered for a captaincy role after March 2020.
“I still think Steve Smith can captain Australia,” Taylor told Channel Nine on Sunday. “Steve Smith to me, and everyone wants to label people, is not a cheat. Steve Smith was guilty of negligence in my opinion.
“He saw something going on and he didn’t stamp it out,” he added. That’s a mistake of negligence. “He’s not a cheat, he’s a very good person.”