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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Axe looms as pressure piles on Peever


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Pressure is mounting on Cricket Australia chairman David Peever after the fallout from the cultural review into the game, with leading figures in the sport calling for him to stand down.

Peever shot down suggestions of giving up his position on Monday declaring he has no intention to resign.

The cricket boss was unanimously re-elected at CA's annual general meeting in Melbourne last week, with the review into cricket’s culture withheld until after the vote.

The state associations were given limited access to the report, despite being promised to get a preview before it was released to the public on Monday.

The Australian reports that at least two other states are said to be fuming over the findings and the way that Peever has dealt with the situation.

Cricket NSW discussed the report at a meeting on Tuesday night.

Peever’s attitude to the report may force the states to come together to unseat him.

Corporate law states that it would take one state to call an extraordinary meeting, while it would take four states to remove a director under Cricket Australia’s corporate governance.

Former Test cricketer Simon Katich says Peever must make an honest assessment of his time at the head of the table, with the ball-tampering saga and the protracted pay dispute stains on his tenure.

"The states will have that decision to make, probably in the coming week if they seek fit," former Test opener Katich told radio station SEN.

"He's probably going to have to think long and hard about his tenure as chairman. Because it hasn't been an ideal couple of years under his watch.

"The ball-tampering scandal has happened under his watch. The MoU negotiation happened under his watch.

Former chief executive of both CA and the International Cricket Council, Malcolm Speed, told ABC Radio that Peever should be removed from his position and replaced with Mark Taylor.

"The game deserves better governance, the game deserves better leadership," Speed said.

"The dyed-in-the-wool cricket people need to stand up and take back their sport."

Cricket legend Ian Chappell says he can understand the uproar from players and fans because Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Banrcoft are the only three individuals to receive any form of sanction from CA.

"It seems to me they (CA) still don't understand that this has to be a partnership," Chappell told the ABC.

"I played in the time when it was master-servant relationship. It seems to me he (Peever) is trying to take it back to that level. Ridiculous.

"If the buck stopped with him, he'd be gone.

"The people on the board, they don't understand the game of cricket at the highest level ... they'll argue they have a couple of ex-players on the board, yeah sure, but they are there more as window dressing".

HOW PEEVER CAN BE FORCED OUT

*State associations (voting before they'd read The Ethics Centre report) unanimously re-elected Peever at last week's annual general meeting, asking him to serve another three-year term as chairman.

*Those same states have the power to call an extraordinary general meeting (EGM).

*Any one of CA's nine directors (including chairman Peever) can be removed if voted out by two-thirds of state delegates.

*The chairmen of state organisations are: NSW's John Knox (Credit Suisse chief executive), Queensland's Sal Vasta (judge), South Australia's Andrew Sinclair (tax and superannuation specialist at law firm Cowell Clarke), Tasmania's Andrew Gaggin (senior litigation partner of Murdoch Clarke), Victoria's Paul Barker (chairman of WorkSafe Victoria) and Western Australia's Ken Michael (former WA governor).

*State chairmen have a say in the process of selecting CA's directors via a nominations committee.

*CA's governance underwent significant changes at an EGM in 2012 (after a review recommended a smaller board). There are now nine directors, with state bodies effectively akin to CA's shareholders.

"Peever noted on Monday he serves "as chairman at the pleasure of the board and I serve as a director at the pleasure of our owners, the states".

*Players' union chairman Greg Dyer was recently critical of the present model, suggesting it "is neither in any way representative nor genuinely independent".

Pressure is mounting on Cricket Australia chairman David Peever after the fallout from the cultural review into the game, with leading figures in the sport calling for him to stand down.

Peever shot down suggestions of giving up his position on Monday declaring he has no intention to resign.

The cricket boss was unanimously re-elected at CA's annual general meeting in Melbourne last week, with the review into cricket’s culture withheld until after the vote.

The state associations were given limited access to the report, despite being promised to get a preview before it was released to the public on Monday.

The Australian reports that at least two other states are said to be fuming over the findings and the way that Peever has dealt with the situation.

Cricket NSW discussed the report at a meeting on Tuesday night.

Peever’s attitude to the report may force the states to come together to unseat him.

Corporate law states that it would take one state to call an extraordinary meeting, while it would take four states to remove a director under Cricket Australia’s corporate governance.

Former Test cricketer Simon Katich says Peever must make an honest assessment of his time at the head of the table, with the ball-tampering saga and the protracted pay dispute stains on his tenure.

"The states will have that decision to make, probably in the coming week if they seek fit," former Test opener Katich told radio station SEN.

"He's probably going to have to think long and hard about his tenure as chairman. Because it hasn't been an ideal couple of years under his watch.

"The ball-tampering scandal has happened under his watch. The MoU negotiation happened under his watch.

Former chief executive of both CA and the International Cricket Council, Malcolm Speed, told ABC Radio that Peever should be removed from his position and replaced with Mark Taylor.

"The game deserves better governance, the game deserves better leadership," Speed said.

"The dyed-in-the-wool cricket people need to stand up and take back their sport."

Cricket legend Ian Chappell says he can understand the uproar from players and fans because Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Banrcoft are the only three individuals to receive any form of sanction from CA.

"It seems to me they (CA) still don't understand that this has to be a partnership," Chappell told the ABC.

"I played in the time when it was master-servant relationship. It seems to me he (Peever) is trying to take it back to that level. Ridiculous.

"If the buck stopped with him, he'd be gone.

"The people on the board, they don't understand the game of cricket at the highest level ... they'll argue they have a couple of ex-players on the board, yeah sure, but they are there more as window dressing".

HOW PEEVER CAN BE FORCED OUT

*State associations (voting before they'd read The Ethics Centre report) unanimously re-elected Peever at last week's annual general meeting, asking him to serve another three-year term as chairman.

*Those same states have the power to call an extraordinary general meeting (EGM).

*Any one of CA's nine directors (including chairman Peever) can be removed if voted out by two-thirds of state delegates.

*The chairmen of state organisations are: NSW's John Knox (Credit Suisse chief executive), Queensland's Sal Vasta (judge), South Australia's Andrew Sinclair (tax and superannuation specialist at law firm Cowell Clarke), Tasmania's Andrew Gaggin (senior litigation partner of Murdoch Clarke), Victoria's Paul Barker (chairman of WorkSafe Victoria) and Western Australia's Ken Michael (former WA governor).

*State chairmen have a say in the process of selecting CA's directors via a nominations committee.

*CA's governance underwent significant changes at an EGM in 2012 (after a review recommended a smaller board). There are now nine directors, with state bodies effectively akin to CA's shareholders.

"Peever noted on Monday he serves "as chairman at the pleasure of the board and I serve as a director at the pleasure of our owners, the states".

*Players' union chairman Greg Dyer was recently critical of the present model, suggesting it "is neither in any way representative nor genuinely independent". https://ift.tt/2zgDM4A
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