Earl Eddings takes over David Peever as Cricket Australia chairman
Earl Eddings has been named as the permanent chairman of Cricket Australia (CA). This was done by the board on Wednesday, just four weeks after he temporarily took over the post after the forced resignation of David Peever.
Eddings has been serving on the board as a director for 10 years, and would serve in the capacity of chairman until the next annual general meeting to be held in October 2019. In the GM, a candidate will be nominated after due consultations with the state associations.
Earl Eddings will be assuming this role at a difficult time for the sport in Australia, following a bitter pay dispute last year with players.This was trailed by a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that rocked the game in March.
In just over a week, after his re-election for a second 3-year-term, former chairman Peever resigned, citing pressure from the public in the wake of a scathing review of the board’s culture and governance.
In a statement, CA director Jacquie Hey said, “This year has been a challenging one for cricket and for Cricket Australia.” He said they aim to ensure the empowerment of management in order to rebuild trust and strengthen the game.
He added, “Eddings involvement over the past decade provides continuity in a time of change and enables the board to maintain strong relations with the ICC (cricket’s governing body), other member countries and our valued partners.”
After Peever’s second term was secured, the Longstaff report was released. It partly implicated the board in the unfolding events that happened in Cape Town, which eventually led to ban for notable personalities, such as Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, and Steve Smith.
The report said the CA was controlling and arrogant by stakeholders, and had bred a culture of winning without counting the costs.
Earl Eddings said that the commitment shown by the people, fans, and the numerous volunteers numbering into thousands across the country has made cricket what it is today in Australia.
“I am honoured to serve in this position and committed to making cricket stronger, a game that we can all be proud of,” he said.
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