The Ethics Centre Organisational Review | Cricket Australia

ORGANISATIONAL REVIEW AND PLAYERS’ PACT

Following the incident at the Cape Town Test match in South Africa in March 2018, Cricket Australia (CA) commissioned an independent organisational review into Australian cricket and launched, concurrently, a player review to establish a renewed behavioural charter.

CA has released the findings and recommendations of the organisational review and publishing the players’ pact.

Players' Pact

A players’ charter has been established as the overarching statement as to how cricketers in Australia should play the game, respecting its traditions.

The Players’ Pact is a genuine and humble statement of the leadership group.The Players’ Pact brings together common themes from both team charters and embeds them into simple and clear messaging of the Players’ Pact.

Player's Pact

 

The Ethics Centre Organisational Review

Following events during the Australian Men’s cricket tour to South Africa in 2018, Cricket Australia appointed The Ethics Centre to conduct an independent organisational review.

The Ethics Centre’s scope of the review into Cricket Australia was as follows:

  • Consider whether any cultural, organisational and/or governance factors within the Australian Men’s Team, Cricket Australia or Australian cricket may have contributed to the issues, either directly or indirectly; and
  • Recommend measures that Cricket Australia and Australian cricket should consider to ensure that any issues are addressed and that these or similar events never occur again.

The report is provided below.

Report

Recommendations

Cricket Australia has considered the 42 recommendations provided by the Ethics Centre (reproduced below as direct quotes), and has provided a comment regarding each recommendation. Cricket Australia looks forward to working closely with key cricket stakeholders, including State and Territory Cricket Associations, the Australian Cricketers’ Association, and the International Cricket Council, to further develop our response to the key recommendations.

FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKET - It is recommended that:

Recommendation #1

Australian Cricket establish, as a standing body, an Ethics Commission:

To be comprised of three persons – with at least one male and one female member;
Nominated by the Board of Cricket Australia
Appointed only with the unanimous agreement of:

Each State and Territory Association
The Australian Cricketers’ Association
Cricket Umpires Australia

The purpose of the Australian Cricket Ethics Commission would be to hold all participants in Australian Cricket accountable to the ethical foundations for the game as played in Australia in accordance with How We Play, the Spirit of Cricket, the Laws of Cricket – and any successor documents that establish ethical standards for the game.

The Australian Cricket Ethics Commission would have no formal powers. Its influence would lie solely in its capacity, in private and/or in public, to approve or disapprove of:

  • Certain practices occurring on or off the field of play, or in the administration of the game
  • The conduct of organisations involved in the governance, management or advancement of cricket in Australia.

Current Status

An Ethics Commission does not exist as a standing body.

The International Cricket Council has appointed an independent Ethics Officer who is given the primary responsibility for administering and implementing the ICC Code of Ethics.

CA Response

CA supports the recommendation and CA will implement it in a manner consistent with the format used by the ICC. CA will appoint an independent Ethics Commissioner with direct access to the Chairman and the CA board.

The CA Board believes that consideration of ethical matters is part of the responsibility and accountability of the board, CEO and Executives.

CA will consult with key stakeholders on both the terms of reference and the appointment of the Ethics Commissioner.

Recommendation #2

Australian Cricket establish the Australian Cricket Council – a consultative body that will bring together cricket’s major stakeholders, twice per year, to consider issues of strategic significance to the game. The Council would have the following features:

  • Meet twice per year
  • Be comprised of the Chairs of CA, State and Territory Associations, ACA and Cricket Umpires Association
  • Be chaired by CA
  • Be a forum for consultation, deliberation and voluntary agreement where consensus can be found

Current Status

The CA Chairman and Chairmen of State & Territory Cricket Associations already meet together face to face twice a year, which has been a longstanding practice and is set out in CA’s governance documents.

The CEO of CA and the CEOs of State & Territory Cricket Associations meet together face to face four times each year, which has been a longstanding practice and is set out in CA’s governance documents. The CEO of the ACA is invited to sessions of these meetings.

The first priority after every CA board meeting is to communicate verbally to the CEOs and Chairmen of the State & Territory Cricket Associations. CA has a process which includes a teleconference with State & Territory Chairmen and CEOs following every CA board meeting and provides a written summary of key content.

CA Response

CA supports this recommendation and will implement it by using and enhancing existing mechanisms, rather than adding new structures and creating additional bureaucracy.

CA will invite the Chairman of the ACA to meet with the Chairmen of State & Territory Cricket Associations from time to time.

CA will consult with the leadership group of the umpires to consider issues of strategic significance to the game – including in relation to content in these recommendations.

CA will consult with State & Cricket Associations and ACA in relation to further suggestions regarding ongoing consultation, to ensure that meetings with stakeholders in the game of cricket are as valuable as possible.

Recommendation #3

Require CA to consider establishing a mechanism for consulting with cricket’s fan base – with the intention of developing a mechanism by which the views of fans can inform the deliberations of the Australian Cricket Council.

Current Status

CA has a number of mechanisms already in place for consulting with and considering the views of, fans and patrons of Australian cricket in all its formats. For example, approximately 8000 members of the Australian cricket community had input into the development of the current Australian Cricket strategy. CA also engages in regular market research, consultative groups on specific issues, receives regular feedback through social media channels and a variety of other digital products.

CA Response

CA supports this recommendation. CA will continue to use and enhance existing mechanisms for consulting with fans and patrons of cricket in Australia. These are and will continue to be used as input to the forums identified in Recommendation 2.

Recommendation #4

State and Territory Associations be engaged with the intention of ensuring a consistent ethical foundation for all of Australian cricket. State and Territory Associations should be asked to explain the reason for insisting on any divergence of material significance.

Current Status

How We Play was developed jointly with all State & Territory Associations, and any changes would need to be discussed and agreed.

CA Response

CA supports this recommendation.

CA will continue to engage with State & Territory Cricket Associations with the intention of ensuring a consistent ethical foundation.

The outcomes of the Players’ Pact will also be applied consistently across Australian Cricket.

Recommendation #5

Honours – such as the Allan Border Medal – take into account a players’ character and behaviour as well as their performance in batting and bowling (akin to the Brownlow Medal for ‘best and fairest’ in AFL). In line with this, players who have been penalised for poor on-field behaviour should not be eligible as recipients for major awards. Additionally, the status of the Richie Benaud Spirit of Cricket Awards should be elevated.

Current Status

Changes to honours would need to consider how and to what extent on field and off field infractions are applied, and across the various levels (e.g. Team based sanctions, State and Territory imposed sanctions, CA imposed sanctions, ICC imposed sanctions).

CA Response

CA supports this recommendation.

CA will review the criteria for all national honours and awards including the Spirit of Cricket awards in conjunction with State & Territory Cricket Associations and the ACA.

Recommendation #6

The How We Play Awards take into consideration alignment with those elements within the Spirit of Cricket not otherwise covered in How We Play.

Current Status

How We Play Awards have focused on off field performance.

CA Response

CA supports this recommendation.

CA will review the criteria for all national honours and awards including the Spirit of Cricket awards in conjunction with State & Territory Cricket Associations and the ACA.

Recommendation #7

CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, within a period of 30 days, commence a process by which they establish a constructive working relationship. This process may:

  • Require the assistance of a mediator
  • Involve preliminary confidence-building measures
  • Require CA and ACA to respectively ensure that their representatives be committed to and capable of moving the relationship to a positive setting.

Current Status

Positive discussions are already underway between CA and ACA, and CA is committed to building on a positive relationship recognising the ACA’s role as an important partner in representing the players. CA is committed to working through each aspect of this recommendation as appropriate with the ACA.

CA Response

CA supports this recommendation and will continue to engage positively and constructively with the ACA.

CA will request a formal meeting within 30 days.

Recommendation #8

That the practice of Umpires rating the sportsmanship of all Grade, State and National Teams be reinforced as mandatory best practice and that, at the end of each match, the Umpires’ formal assessment of the sportsmanship shown by each team:

  • Be published along with the name of any player whose conduct the Umpires deem to have been exemplary.

    Current Status

    Spirit of Cricket awards exist currently which recognizes sportsmanship.

    Umpires report players for both good and poor behavior. Poor behavior which is the subject of a formal sanction is made public.

    In regard to international cricket CA is unable to directly control these awards however it could consider appropriate discussions with the ICC and will be able to mirror ICC developments.

    Following the CA sanctions imposed in relation to the Cape Town Incident, the ICC has made additional changes to its Code of Conduct to further strengthen expectations on player behavior.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is under consideration and there are some challenges to implementation, such as CA not being responsible for, or in control of International Cricket.

    CA will review the Spirit of Cricket awards in conjunction with State & Territory Cricket Associations and the ACA.

    CA will discuss these processes further with the ICC.

    Recommendation #9

    In Test, Sheffield Shield and Grade matches, following at least one informal warning, Umpires be empowered to exclude players from the field of play, for set periods of time and with immediate effect, as a penalty for:

    • Continuous abusive sledging (after one warning)
    • Deliberate breaches of the Laws of Cricket, or
    • Deliberate conduct inconsistent with the Spirit of Cricket (after one formal warning).

    Current Status

    CA supports empowering umpires to take appropriate action under the Codes of Conduct.

    CA amended its Code of Conduct prior to the review to capture personal abuse (sledging) and to ensure appropriate sanctions are in place.

    CA does not have the ability to control international cricket playing regulations, but it is able to consult with the ICC.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is under consideration and there are some challenges to implementation, such as CA not being responsible for, or in control of International Cricket, and the potential impact on the official status of matches in Australia (e.g. first class cricket).

    CA will consult with relevant stakeholders- including the ACA, umpires and State & Territory Cricket Associations.

    Recommendation #10

    There be conscious and sustained investment in a program to elevate the status of and respect for umpires across all forms of the game of cricket – and amongst all age groups.

    Current Status

    Whilst programs are in place, further emphasis on the status and respect for Umpires would be beneficial, particularly at community cricket level.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will implement a program to elevate the status of and respect for Umpires in conjunction with State & Territory Cricket Associations.

    FOR THE NATIONAL TEAM - It is recommended that:

    Recommendation #11

    CA, State and Territory Associations use their best endeavours to ensure that cricket pitches are prepared in a manner that:

    • Allows batting and bowling sides a fair opportunity to compete effectively, and
    • Maintains regional variety and diversity of playing surfaces.

    Current Status

    The contents of this recommendation are already consistent with CA’s pre-existing policy in relation to pitches and playing surfaces.

    CA supports variety and diversity of cricket pitches across Australia.

    CA encourages a fair contest between bat and ball.

    The ICC has its own guidelines for pitches.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is in place.

    CA will continue to implement its policies in relation to pitches and playing surfaces.

    Recommendation #12

    The current performance bonus (linked to match wins, series wins and world rankings) be converted into a payment, without loss to players current remuneration, in recognition of:

    • Contributions to the maintenance and development of grass-roots cricket
    • Positive relationships with fans, sponsors, etc.

    Current Status

    CA and the ACA have agreed in the MOU that the players contribute funds from the performance bonus to grassroots cricket, demonstrating the players’ support for grassroots cricket. Up to $6.3m had been agreed by the ACA and CA to be contributed to grassroots cricket from the Performance Pool, subject to performance.

    CA Response

    CA will continue to work with the ACA and players to improve performance bonus structures.

    CA will consider and review remuneration structures of other sports to consider best practice in remuneration policies.

    Recommendation #13

    There be core consistency (a clear ‘family resemblance’) between How We Play, the Spirit of Cricket and any additional Ethical Framework applying to elite players (such as is being developed by McCosker and Collins).

    Current Status

    The Players’ Pact has been finalised.

    How We Play was developed in collaboration with State and Territory Cricket Associations and other key stakeholders.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will review How We Play, the Spirit of Cricket and the new Players’ Pact in conjunction with State & Territory Cricket Associations.

    Recommendation #14

    The role of vice-captain be ‘de-coupled’ from that of ‘heir apparent’ for the captaincy. The captain should be able to rely on the loyal support of the vice-captain. Rivals for the role of captain should be given leadership development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership in other roles (e.g. by captaining sides in different forms of the game).

    Current Status

    The recommendation outlines the current CA position.

    There has never been a commitment, practice or formal process that the vice-captain is the successor or ‘heir apparent’. The role of the vice- captain has been re-confirmed as not being an heir apparent for the role of captaincy, for example, during consideration of recent leadership appointments.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will review selection policies and consider further leadership training in conjunction with State & Territory Cricket Associations.

    Recommendation #15

    Players with leadership aspirations or capacity should undertake formal leadership training – including processes to improve their capacity to display moral courage.

    Current Status

    Leadership training is provided for and undertaken by CA players identified with leadership potential. CA’s process includes i interviews for players with leadership aspirations, and peer reviews to assist in assessing candidates for leadership roles. The role of the Vice Captain has been re-confirmed as not being an heir apparent for the role of Captaincy.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will consider further leadership training in conjunction with State & Territory Cricket Associations.

    Recommendation #16

    Players on CA contracts be encouraged and enabled to maintain active involvement with Sheffield Shield and Grade cricket. Except when playing major series abroad, players on CA contracts should made available to the relevant State and Territory Associations, if selected, to play a minimum of two entire Sheffield Shield matches and one Grade match per Australian cricket season.

    Current Status

    CA supports the concept of Australian players having stronger connections with State teams and Premier cricket.

    CA considers that international cricket has priority.

    The fitness, health and wellbeing of players needs to be considered.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is under consideration and there are some challenges to implementation, such as ensuring CA selects the best available team for International Cricket taking into account CA’s selection policy and the Players’ Pact, as well as ensuring players’ health and wellbeing.

    CA will actively look for additional opportunities for players to maintain connections with State and Premier cricket without committing to a minimum number of matches, in consultation with State & Territory Cricket Associations and the ACA.

    Recommendation #17

    Members of Australian Test and One Day teams be excused from playing International T20 cricket to the extent necessary for them to play Sheffield Shield and Grade cricket as per recommendation 15 (above).

    Current Status

    This recommendation assumes that International T20 competition is of lesser importance.

    CA remains committed to the primacy of international cricket – in all three forms – and notes the increasing importance of T20 Internationals with a T20 World Cup every two years.

    There are also broadcast and sponsor obligations that prevent this recommendation.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is not accepted.

    CA will continue to select the best available team for International Cricket taking into account CA’s selection policy and the Players’ Pact, including T20 Internationals.

    FOR CRICKET AUSTRALIA - It is recommended that:

    Recommendation #18

    In regard to Test, Shield, ODI and T20 players, and consistent with CA’s Duty of Care, there should be consultation between the player, medical specialist, team captain and chairman of selectors before any decision is made to “rest” that player on medical grounds.

    Current Status

    The contents of this recommendation were already in place prior to the review.

    The player is always part of the consultation process, which includes doctors, specialists, Captain and selectors as required.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is in place.

    Recommendation #19

    The leadership of CA accept its share of responsibility for the circumstances that gave rise to the ball-tampering incident at Newlands – not as a matter of direct, personal culpability but as a demonstration of responsible leadership and accountability.

    Current Status

    The contents of this recommendation were already in place prior to the review.

    CA commissioned the organisational and governance review for the purpose set out in this recommendation and has committed to publishing the report for the same purpose.

    CA Response

    The Board, CEO and Executives of CA accept its share of responsibility and wants to use the recommendations in this report to improve the game of cricket in Australia.

    Recommendation #20

    The Board of CA appoint a standing committee for Ethics and Culture.

    Current Status

    CA currently has a People & Culture Committee however it should extend its scope to become the People, Culture and Ethics Committee.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will extend the charter of the CA Board Sub-Committee to become the People, Culture and Ethics Committee. This Committee and the CA Board will receive feedback from the Ethics Commissioner.

    Recommendation #21

    Subject to issues of confidentiality (commercial and otherwise) the Board of CA publish the Minutes of its meetings (e.g. as is done by the Board for Control of Cricket in India).

    Current Status

    The first priority after every board meeting is to communicate verbally to the CEOs and Chairmen of the State & Territory Cricket Associations. CA has a process which includes a teleconference with State & Territory Chairmen and CEOs following every board meeting and provides a written summary of key content.

    Board meetings are confidential and often contain commercial information and information that would otherwise be subject to legal professional privilege.

    CA Response

    We note this recommendation, and while CA will not be publishing minutes of board meetings, CA will review mechanisms to provide greater transparency.

    CA’s key priority is to communicate transparently with State & Territory Cricket Associations following board meetings. The CA Board will consider publishing media releases on key outcomes from Board meetings.

    Recommendation #22

    All Board papers include a formal section evaluating the ethical implications of proposed policies, practices, agreements or delegations. The assessment of ethical implications should identify key stakeholders, how their interests are likely to be affected and demonstrate how the proposal(s) are consistent with CA’s declared purpose, values and principles.

    Current Status

    Many of these matters are currently considered by the CA board. CA proposes to amend its board papers to ensure that these matters are formally considered.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will amend its CA Board report template to ensure these matters are formally considered.

    Recommendation #23

    The Board of CA be subject to the organisation’s Code of Conduct.

    Current Status

    Directors already have substantially the same obligations as CA employees.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will review its Code of Conduct and the Directors Code of Ethics to determine if the same document should apply to Directors and Employees. The CA Board will continue to adhere to the same principles in the CA Code of Conduct.

    Recommendation #24

    CA investigate and seek advice to determine if the management of players’ physical and emotional well-being has been consistent with the organisation’s legal and moral obligations, including its duty of care.

    Current Status

    Structured programs are in place.

    The Sports Science and Sports Medicine program across Australian Cricket is extensive and includes a large number of programs to assist managing players’ physical and emotional well-being.

    CA Response

    CA will investigate the Sports Science and Sports Medicine programs to confirm compliance.

    Recommendation #25

    CA’s review its risk assessment system in order to ensure that risks arising from poor player behaviour are correctly gauged and managed.

    Current Status

    The contents of this recommendation were already in place prior to the review.

    CA has already reviewed the classification of risk and its approach to risk management and has completed a number of changes with the approval of the Audit & Risk Committee.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is in place.

    Recommendation #26

    CA address issues of clarity in relation to How We Play (see Appendix F).

    Current Status

    How We Play was developed in collaboration with State and Territory Cricket Associations and other key stakeholders.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will review How We Play in conjunction with State & Territory Cricket Associations.

    Recommendation #27

    All of CA’s Codes of Conduct make specific reference to How We Play (or any successor ethical framework).

    Current Status

    Codes of Conduct can be reviewed to include reference to How We Play.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.CA will review all CA’s Codes of Conduct with reference to How We Play in consultation with State & Territory Cricket Associations and the ACA.

    Recommendation #28

    CA amend its Anti-Harassment Code for Players and Player Support Personnel so that the definition of ‘harassment’ is expanded to include abusive sledging.

    Current Status

    Prior to this review CA had amended the Code of Conduct prior to this review to expressly include personal abuse (sledging), and to enable the application of appropriate sanctions.

    Racial sledging is already covered within the Anti-Racism policy.

    It is important not to have overlap or confusion as to prohibitions in relation to on-field behavior.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will consider whether additional changes should be made to the Anti-Harassment Policy. CA notes sledging is already covered under the existing anti -discrimination suite of policies and the Code of Conduct.

    Recommendation #29

    CA make explicit (in documentation, etc.) a general prohibition against conduct that might reasonably be perceived as bullying.

    Current Status

    There are prohibitions in place already, however CA can make the prohibitions more explicit.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will review policies and procedures to ensure the prohibition on conduct that might reasonably be perceived as bullying is clear.

    CA will continue its ongoing and regular training in respect of anti-bullying, harassment, grievance resolution and EEO policies and procedures.

    Recommendation #30

    CA develop and disseminate practical guidance on how to identify and manage ethical dilemmas.

    Current Status

    This is a matter which could be considered by the Ethics Commissioner and the People, Culture and Ethics Committee.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will include this recommendation the terms of reference for the Ethics Commissioner and the People, Culture and Ethics Committee.

    Recommendation #31

    The management of players joining and leaving elite teams be improved so that the processes are respectful and compassionate.

    Current Status

    Processes and procedures are in place in relation to players joining and leaving teams.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will review management of players joining and leaving elite teams in conjunction with State & Territory Cricket Associations, the ACA and player development managers.

    Recommendation #32

    CA’s performance reviews and bonus scheme(s) be harmonised so that all versions take into account ethical and behavioural considerations as the basis for potential reward.

    Current Status

    This is already embedded in the CA performance review.

    CA currently applies 70% allocation to performance and 30% allocation to ethical and behavioural considerations to place more emphasis on leaders and staff living the Australian Cricket values.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is in place.

    The People, Culture and Ethics Committee will review performance review processes and bonus schemes.

    Recommendation #33

    Executive remuneration be linked to performance measures relating to the culture of CA and – to a lesser degree – to the culture of cricket-in-Australia.

    Current Status

    CA Executive remuneration is already linked to How We Play behaviours and to staff engagement.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation in principle.

    The CA People, Culture and Ethics Committee will review this recommendation, particularly in relation to considering the level of responsibility held by CA for all cricket in Australia.

    Recommendation #34

    CA senior management receive additional training to develop their communication skills.

    Current Status

    Communications training is provided on as needs basis. where training needs have been identified for individual employees.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA will review and enhance communication skills training.

    Recommendation #35

    CA set and publish a target for achieving greater diversity (including but not limited to gender diversity) within its executive ranks.

    Current Status

    CA (and Australian cricket) publishes gender diversity targets and reports against them (see Press for Progress Report 2017/18). CA is a member of the Male Champions of Change for Sport. More than one third of the CA executive team is female.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA sets and publishes gender diversity targets.

    CA will also consider formal reporting against diversity goals in addition to gender diversity.

    CA will continue to implement its strategy to ensure cricket is a sport for all Australians.

    Recommendation #36

    CA commission a review of its HPU – and associated programs – to ensure that they are responsive to the need for highly skilled, ethical players – with the skill and maturity to exercise personal discretion and responsibility – who are not merely compliant.

    Current Status

    CA and the State & Territory Cricket Associations review various aspects of high performance on an ongoing basis.

    CA Response

    CA’s high performance function operates as part of the broader high performance system across Australian cricket. When the future strategy for the high performance system is developed by CA in collaboration with State & Territory Cricket Associations, opportunities to improve the current approach to high performance will be considered. CA and State & Territory Cricket Associations will consult with the ACA when developing the future strategy.

    Recommendation #37

    Employees overseeing or working within the HPU be banned from participating in industrial negotiations with players.

    Current Status

    The previous MOU negotiation was not led by employees working in the high performance function.

    CA believes it is critical that those involved in the negotiations have a deep understanding of cricket operations, the needs of players and the issues they face.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is under consideration.

    CA will consider the appropriate team to be involved in MOU negotiations in conjunction with State & Territory Cricket Associations.

    Recommendation #38

    The HPU be responsible for and resourced to develop, not just the physical, mental and emotional attributes of players – but also their characters in line with an ethos of playing ‘hard but fair’.

    Current Status

    Together with CA, State & Territory Cricket Associations play a key role in developing high potential players who go on to represent Australia.

    CA Response

    CA supports this recommendation.

    CA recognizes and supports the concept of developing an ethos of ‘hard but fair’ and will collaborate with State and Territory Cricket Associations to review the further development of players.

    Recommendation #39

    The Board of CA appoint the national selectors in consultation with the Australian Team Captain and Coach.

    Current Status

    The contents of this recommendation were already in place prior to the review.

    The Board already appoints National Selectors, with informal consultation between Captain and Coach.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is in place.

    Recommendation #40

    The General Manager, Team Performance Unit be an ad hoc adviser to the Australian team selectors.

    Current Status

    The contents of this recommendation were already in place prior to the review.

    The EGM of Team Performance currently performs a role as advisor to selectors.

    CA Response

    This recommendation is in place.

    Recommendation #41

    Selectors be required to take account of a player’s character as well as their skills as a cricketer when making a selection.

    Current Status

    A player’s character is considered in making a selection.

    CA Response

    CA will review its selection policy, with a heightened emphasis on a player’s character and behaviour in line with the Players’ Pact.

    Recommendation #42

    CA actively engage with the ICC to adopt those of these recommendations relevant to developing, maintaining and enforcing high ethical standards across international cricket.

    Current Status

    CA is constantly and actively engaged with the ICC in relation to ethical standards across International Cricket.

    CA cannot independently deliver outcomes in International Cricket, but CA has and will continue to engage with ICC Board and management on such issues. As an example, CA’s approach following the Cape Town Incident has led to the offence of ball tampering in international cricket to be elevated to a more serious offence.

    CA Response

    CA will continue to actively engage with the ICC including in relation to developing, maintaining and enforcing high ethical standards across international cricket., and with a view to engagement between the ICC Ethics Officer and the Australian Cricket Ethics Commissioner.