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CA Chairman denies delay in release of independent review

CRICKET Australia chairman David Peever insists there has been no delay in releasing the results of a long-awaited independent review into the governing body.

Peever was re-elected as CA chairman at Thursday’s annual general meeting (AGM).

The Ethics Centre’s report will be released on Monday, more than six months after the think tank was commissioned by CA to conduct a warts-and-all appraisal of the governing body in light of the Cape Town cheating scandal.

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The players’ union had called on state associations to be given a copy of the review prior to CA’s AGM, so they could make a more informed decision about the prospect of another Peever term.

“There has been no delay,” Peever told reporters.

“We didn’t get a final copy of the review until this week.

“We have always said they will be released before the state of the international men’s summer, which is what is happening.”

The former Rio Tinto mining boss noted CA intends to brief state organisations and the players’ union in coming days before the public release.

“I don’t want to pre-empt any of the conversations,” Peever said, refusing to shed any light on the review’s recommendations.

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“We accept our share of the responsibility of events “Tomorrow at our board meeting, we’ll be going through the recommendations with a view of trying to be clear (in what CA’s response will be).”

Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were stripped of their leadership titles and banned for 12 months by CA in response to the sandpaper ball-tampering saga in South Africa.

Coach Darren Lehmann and chief executive James Sutherland have vacated their posts since the scandal, while team-performance chief Pat Howard is departing next year.

Peever, who rowed with players during last year’s pay dispute, will not be following them out the door.

“I was asked to continue in the context of the various change going on,” Peever said.

“I felt continuity was important so I agreed to the request to continue.

Peever was adamant everyone at CA had committed to making a national team everyone could respect.

“It was a very unhappy incident (in South Africa) and there have been other unhappy incidents in our past, but having said that it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow good,” Peever said.

“We clearly have used the opportunity to open up the organisation to what we can be doing better. And that’s exactly what we have done.

“The review has been undertaken voluntarily and is completely independent and we are going to use that as a basis to make cricket stronger.

“An event like South Africa undoubtedly damages faith in cricket and we are absolutely conscious of that

“Australian cricket teams have a proud history of winning … that’s not going to change. The players want to win, we want them to win, and the public wants them to win.

“It also true that we and they and the public want to be able to follow teams that they can be proud of in every respect.”

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