Earl Eddings, the chairman of Cricket Australia, has been reappointed to that role for a further three years, despite losing the backing of his home state of Victoria.
Eddings has been serving as CA’s chairman since replacing David Peever late last year. Peever stepped down in the wake of the Longstaff Report, which accused CA of “arrogance” and fostering a “culture of bullying” in the aftermath of the ‘Sandpapergate’ ball-tampering scandal.
Having stepped down as representative for Cricket Victoria, Eddings will sit as CA chairman for the next three years as an independent director. CV will nominate a director of its own to the CA board in the coming weeks.
Earlier this year, Cricket Victoria criticised Cricket Australia’s decision to name Eddings as its permanent chairman so soon after his initial appointment on an interim basis. After the latest announcement, however, CV chairman Paul Barker said in a statement that he “supports CA’s decision to appoint Earl as an independent director” and added that he “looks forward working with him and the CA board as we continue to grow Australian cricket”.
CA has also announced that Richard Freudenstein has joined its board as the state director for New South Wales, replacing former Australia captain Mark Taylor, who also stepped down after the events of last year.