New blow inflicted on Cricket Australia as chairman Peever resigns

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever has tendered his resignation following the damning Ethics Centre review into the organisation’s culture, only a week after he was unanimously re-elected to the role.

Seven months on from the ball-tampering scandal that sent shockwaves through Australian cricket, leading to the suspension of players Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, the governing body itself is now in the firing line.

Peever’s position was seen as having become untenable after several calls for him to stand down during an extraordinary board meeting earlier today. His resignation may relieve some of the pressure on CA, which had been mounting since the release of the Ethics Centre report on Monday.

Chief executive Kevin Roberts had earlier in the week promised a “cultural change” within the body, but stopped short of saying executives should step down – or be removed – from their positions.

Earl Eddings, the deputy chairman who has been appointed as the interim chair, said: “We look forward to continuing the important process of recovering and rebuilding for Cricket Australia and Australian cricket. The board is keenly aware that we have a way to go to earn back the trust of the cricket community.”