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Statement by Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever

April 06, 2018

The events that unfolded in Cape Town during the third Test shocked everyone. Not just those of us in cricket, not just the fans, but the entire Australian community.


Our investigation concluded that three players were involved. Last Wednesday we announced proposed sanctions against those players. As announced yesterday, all have now accepted the sanctions, without appeal.


Last week we also flagged an independent review to examine the wider context of this event.


Today I announce that the review will have a broad remit and will consider whether any wider cultural, organisational and/or governance issues should be addressed.


Cricket Australia is currently seeking advice from a wide range of qualified individuals, firms, sporting and other organisations who may have conducted similar reviews, or have relevant experience with these sorts of issues.

The Board is committed to the review being completed as expeditiously as possible, but we are also committed to getting it right.  We will therefore take whatever time is necessary to ensure we fully understand the expertise required to conduct such a review, and the procedures it should follow. Further details will be announced as soon as possible once we have worked carefully through this process.

The review will provide recommendations to the Board of Cricket Australia.

Australian cricketers are role models for our young people and ambassadors for our country.  Cricket fans and the Australian public rightly have high expectations regarding the standards of behaviour of our national teams. 


The independent review will provide an important foundation for ensuring these expectations are met.


In addition, Cricket Australia will initiate a separate player (and former player) driven process to consider a “charter” that sets out standards of behaviour and expectations of Australian men’s teams. 


It is anticipated that this process will include assessments as to whether changes to codes and standards governing player conduct are required.


The outcomes from this process will form reference points for the independent review.


I am pleased to announce that Rick McCosker has agreed to act as chair.


Rick will advise on the most appropriate procedures to guide his work, however it is currently envisaged that he will invite two former players and two current players to join him on a panel.  


More details will be announced following further consultations with Rick over coming days.


I am also pleased to announce that Peter Collins, Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership and a consultant on ethics, leadership and organisational change has agreed to act as a facilitator for the process.


As I indicated in our statement last week, 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.


More details will be announced in due course, but I am confident that the important steps announced today will go a long way towards meeting this objective.