Former coach Lehmann calls for Smith, Warner bans to be reviewed

Dean Simpson
November 1, 2018

Lehmann said the overcrowded and relentless worldwide schedule contributed to the feeling that the players were "commodities". Director Simon Longstaff stated in the report.

"They have to be responsible for their actions, regardless of what is going on in the background with the administrators and the culture that's been created".

"CA does not handle situations well when it goes against them - they revert to bully tactics or worse, ostracising", a survey respondent said.

"We note that board of CA has both the power and, in our view, the moral obligation to do so".

Words such as arrogant, dictatorial, controlling, disrespectful, and hypocritical were used to describe the culture that festered within Australian cricket. Warner and his wife weathered personalised abuse from spectators, abetted by South African ground officials, in the Test played before the ball-tampering scandal.

"Responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incidents at Newlands".

"That's a decision for the ACA and Cricket Australia to make".

The review, to be made public on Monday, handed down a number of recommendations including the creation of an ethics commission to look at the governance of the game, and the establishment of a cricket council to discuss major issues in Australian cricket. "Women's cricket remains unaffected", the review states in its executive summary.

It said under such circumstances, the ball-tampering scandal was foreseeable but CA failed to act.

"They'll earn a lot more respect that way than if the ban gets shortened - because, realistically, if the bans get shortened it's like the review said -it's a win-at-all costs mentality. Let them play", said Greg Dyer, head of the players' union. They were disconnected from the "grounding influence of the community". "The other thing is there's indications in there around how negative feedback is not well taken [by CA] and in some cases players decided they didn't want to do it and referred through us, and we compiled an appropriate submission".

The latest statement, however, is all set to intensify the stand-off between Australia's cricket board and the Cricketer's Association.

"If accountability is to be a hallmark of Australian cricket then it must be applied to all leaders, whether their primary arena is on, or off, the field of play".

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.

After more than a year of bitter feuding, CA and the ACA have been encouraged to have a "constructive working relationship", and told to begin this process within 30 days.

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