Ball-tampering: Cricket Australia propose new player code

Tanya Simon
April 8, 2018

During a test match in Cape Town against South Africa, Warner, along with former Australian captain Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft created a plan to use yellow sandpaper to affect the swing of the ball.

Smith has also been banned from captaining his country for a further year while Warner will never be considered for a leadership role again.

Warner was identified by the Cricket Australia as the primary instigator of the incident, and fractures have emerged in the playing and coaching group since the tour of South Africa.

Cricket Australia suffered a hefty financial blow as a result of the cheating with one major sponsor, Magellan Financial Group, pulling out of a multi-million three-year deal after just a year.

Cricket Australia (CA) chairman David Peever has shot down suggestions that chief executive James Sutherland's role within the organisation is in jeopardy in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

The independent review has been initiated to examine whether any cultural, organisational or governance issues need to be addressed within the Australian set-up.

"Cricket Australia is now 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".

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A "wide-ranging" review of the sanctions available for offences including ball-tampering has also been launched by the International Cricket Council.

Mr Peever said the review would consider implementing a charter setting out "standards of behaviour and expectations" of Australia's 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", Peever, a former managing director of mining giant Rio Tinto, said.

Now CA wants a review done so that player behaviour in the national team can improve with Peever confirming that former Australia Test batsman Rick McCosker will lead the process.

"Having owned their actions and expressed genuine remorse, I hope that all the players can successfully rebuild their careers ... and eventually win back the trust of cricket fans and the Australian public".

"Speaking on behalf of the board, this has happened on our watch, we accept responsibility".

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