Call for Mark Taylor to replace besieged cricket boss
CRICKET Australia is facing a barrage of short-pitched deliveries from furious state organisations that believe they were hoodwinked into re-electing chairman David Peever before getting a chance to read the review slamming the national body for its toxic culture.
It comes as former International Cricket Council and Australian Cricket Board chief Malcolm Speed called for Mr Peever to be replaced by former Test captain Mark Taylor.
Meanwhile, corporate governance experts said the board should take responsibility for Cricket Australia's failings as the game's insiders reveal there is increasing anger at Mr Peever's leadership.
The report declared the organisation in charge of the national game had failed to punish itself as harshly as it had punished players for ball tampering.
Simon Longstaff's Sydney Ethics Centre found the bullying and arrogant behaviour displayed on the field was part of the culture at head office.
"Boards are ultimately responsible for culture of the organisation," corporate adviser and profession board member Julie Garland McLellan said.
"When the culture goes beyond one or two bad apples, that's an issue the board should firstly be aware of and secondly do something about."
Cricket insiders last night described a "rising tide" of anger mounting against Mr Peever, a former Rio Tinto executive.
Last night a Cricket NSW board meeting examined the damning document but is unlikely to call for Mr Peever to step down without knowing the views of the other states.
The Tasmanian and South Australian bodies are understood to be particularly angry about being forced to vote on the re-election of the national board without the benefit of the 147-page report at the Cricket Australia annual general meeting last Thursday.
The states were furious they were not privy to its contents at the CA's AGM on Thursday, when they all voted to re-elect Mr Peever and his board.
CA undertook to share elements of the report with states prior to the AGM but reneged on the eve of the meeting.
"People were pretty unimpressed about the process," an insider said.
Should a majority - four of the six voting member organisations - call for Mr Peever to resign he would have no choice.
"They are pissed off at the way they have been treated," the insider said.
Without Mr Peever's resignation sidelined players Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have little chance of returning. Mr Speed yesterday said former captain Mark Taylor should take over.
"David is the first (chairman) to have come out of the corporate world rather than out of the cricket world and I think in this crisis that's what's shown here," Mr Speed told ABC radio.