Cricket Australia calls in ethics experts to review culture after ball-tampering scandal
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 03/05/18 12:55pm
Cricket Australia has appointed The Ethics Centre to conduct a review into the national running of the sport in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all suspended for their roles in a ball-tampering plot during the third Test against South Africa at Cape Town in March.
The Ethics Centre, which conducted a review into the Australian Olympic Committee last year, will investigate cultural, organisational or governance issues within Cricket Australia and the sport more broadly, and if there are links to those and player behaviour at the highest level.
Former Test player Rick McCosker will run a separate player review into the culture of the Test team and lead a panel to consider a behavioural charter for Australian teams which seeks to balance the public expectations of top representative cricketers with the performance demands of elite sport.
Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed current Test players Tim Paine and Pat Cummins, women's cricket representative Rachael Haynes, union representative Shane Watson, former international George Bailey and the new men's head coach would join McCosker on the player review panel.
The findings of the Ethics Centre review are expected before Australia's next summer of international cricket starts in November.
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said: "We understand and share the disappointment of fans and the broader Australian community about these events. The board is determined to do all we can to prevent such events from ever happening again.
"We have full confidence that Simon and his team, along with Rick and the player panel will be able to fully review and identify recommendations for improvement.
"The reviews will commence immediately, and we fully anticipate being able to begin implementing findings before the start of the 2018-19 cricket season."