Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman David Peever has announced he will leave his role “effective immediately.”
Peever has been copping mounting criticism following the review of Cricket Australia’s corporate and on-field culture, released earlier this week.
Despite being appointed for three more years at the head of CA’s board at the AGM this time last week, Peever bowed to public pressure and the continuing fall-out from the ball-tampering crisis that began in South Africa last March.
Peever made the announcement on Thursday evening.
Earl Eddings, a former Cricket Victoria director who was confirmed as deputy chair at last week’s AGM, has been installed as interim chair until the board convenes in the near future to undertake the process of making a permanent appointment.
Eddings thanked Peever for his work and the pivotal role he played in the “elevation of women’s cricket”.
In the seven months since the cheating incident at Newlands, Australian cricket has seen three players (captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft) suspended, men’s team coach Darren Lehmann resign and long-serving Chief Executive James Sutherland retire.
Executive General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard had earlier indicated his intention not to seek re-appointment when his current contract expires in mid-2019.
In acknowledging the report’s critical findings that CA’s “arrogant” and “controlling” culture had, in part, contributed to the development of a “win without counting the cost” mentality that led to the ball-tampering episode, Peever rejected calls for his resignation.
But following a torrent of criticism this week, including calls from former Australian captain Ian Chappell for his head, Peever undoubtedly read that the public mood was swinging against him.
And you can’t tamper with that.