The ball-tampering scandal is keeping on troubling Cricket Australia. Recently, the board member Bob Every resigned from his position. According to the Australian Financial Review, Bob resigned as he has the point of contention with the appointment of Justin Langer as the head coach.
The former Australian captain Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner were handed 12-month suspension and the real culprit Bancroft was banned for nine months as a penalty regarding the sandpaper incident during the third test against South Africa at Cape Town a few months ago.
As a result, both Warner and Smith had lost alluring IPL contracts from the BCCI.
In this scenario, coach of Australian team Darren Lehmann resigned to his position making way for the appointment of Justin Langer as the head coach with a hope to better the cricket culture in Australia. In fact, Bob has a strong background as a corporate person and has to serve as a board member until the end of October this year. Reportedly, Bob has clashed with the team management in the issue of appointing Justin Langer as the head coach.
There are two parallel review boards to better the culture of Australian cricket. One includes independent board members and another board includes current players and the head coach Justin Langer.
The chairman of Cricket Australia, David Peever commented that Bob has served on the CA Board for more than two and a half years and has made a valuable contribution over that time,”
“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,”
Cricket Australia announced that the nominations for board members will end by 2018. Mark Taylor, the board member of Cricket Australia and the former captain said that Steven Smith has the potential to lead the Australian team again and that he was not a cheat and he has the chances to lead Australia after 2020, unlike David Warner. He said that “I still think Steve Smith can captain Australia,”
“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, That’s a mistake of negligence.”
He’s not a cheat, he’s a very good person.” He concluded.