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Peever lined up to assume Cricket Australia helm

David Peever will replace Wally Edwards as chairman of the Cricket Australia in October 2015 after being appointed to the vacant position of deputy chairman of the national governing body today (Friday).

Peever, who previously served as the managing director of mining giant Rio Tinto's Australian operations, will replace Edwards when the latter’s term expires at the 2015 annual general meeting. Edwards served as deputy chair under former chairman Jack Clarke before taking the top job in 2011.

“David Peever is a great leader and will bring outstanding business acumen to the role combined with a deep passion for the game,” Edwards said. “Over the next year and a half I will work closely with David at a national and international level to ensure a smooth handover of the chairman’s role when my tenure finishes in October 2015.”

Peever, 56, added: “It’s a key time for Australian cricket. A lot of significant change has occurred for the better on and off the field. I’m looking forward to working with the chairman, the board and the executive team to continue that process.

“As deputy chairman, it's going to continue to do what we've been doing the past two years – support Wally and James and his team and continue to progress in the way that we have, especially on the governance front. In particular our strong focus is going to be really unifying Australian cricket and continuing down that path. Our strong belief is that now we've made a lot of progress, we do have a way to go, but Australian cricket can be in a preeminent position over a long period of time if we can get this unification piece going the way we believe it can.”