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Monday, 29 October 2018

Lehmann lashed for cricket's cultural demise


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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has taken aim at former Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann for his role in Australia’s cultural demise, after an external review by the Ethics Centre found the national team guilty of “winning without counting the costs".

Cricket Australia has been savaged by greats and former players after Monday's independent review portrayed a bleak picture of game's culture which led to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft attempting to tamper with the ball in Cape Town.

Along with several other significant themes, the report highlighted "multiple instances of disrespect running through CA" as one of the key issues plaguing the national game and Pietersen had no qualms in pointing the finger at the former Australian mentor over the team’s general attitude.

The ex-England cricketer spent an extended period in Australia playing in the BBL, and was highly critical of Lehmann’s leadership on social media:

https://twitter.com/KP24/status/1056876222939123712

"Australian Cricket’s culture review. Having played in that system for the last 4 seasons & with Lehmann carrying on like he did, I’m afraid an explosion was ALWAYS going to happen! Is he still employed by CA?!?!"

During the ball tampering saga, many felt that Lehmann must have been central to plans to tamper with the ball and there was much surprise when former CEO James Sutherland announced that Lehmann had the full support of the board and that he knew nothing about the plot to cheat amongst his most senior playing staff.

Pietersen, who was quite vocal about Lehmann’s role in the cheating saga at the time, also questioned whether Lehmann still had a role at Cricket Australia, after quitting his post.

Following his departure, Lehmann was given a position with Troy Cooley helping future stars build their game under the National Performance Program until his contract expired.

Pietersen’s teammate and ex England captain Michael Vaughan also chimed in over the findings made by the Ethics Centre, but was particularly critical of the new player’s pact drafted by Cricket Australia on Twitter.

The pact put into words what the game’s governing body expects from the team in an attempt to win back fans following the ball-tampering scandal.

“We recognise how lucky we are to play this great game. We respect the game and its traditions. We want to make all Australians proud,” the pact declares.

“Compete with us. Smile with us. Fight on with us. Dream with us.”

In the post, which was re-tweeted by Lehmann, Vaughan slammed the pact as “cringeworthy” and also stated that the ball-tampering trio should have their bans reduced.

https://twitter.com/MichaelVaughan/status/1056828432670248961

“Revealing in many ways but most sports teams live in an ‘gilded bubble’!!” he wrote of the review into CA.

“I personally think the players bans should be reduced now CA have shared the blame. Thought the punishment was too harsh at the time anyway.”

While most of those in high positions in Cricket Australia were cut after the Cape Town Test, chairman David Peever remains in his position on the board.

Peever was re-elected for a second term at last week's AGM, before the report's findings were released.

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has taken aim at former Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann for his role in Australia’s cultural demise, after an external review by the Ethics Centre found the national team guilty of “winning without counting the costs".

Cricket Australia has been savaged by greats and former players after Monday's independent review portrayed a bleak picture of game's culture which led to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft attempting to tamper with the ball in Cape Town.

Along with several other significant themes, the report highlighted "multiple instances of disrespect running through CA" as one of the key issues plaguing the national game and Pietersen had no qualms in pointing the finger at the former Australian mentor over the team’s general attitude.

The ex-England cricketer spent an extended period in Australia playing in the BBL, and was highly critical of Lehmann’s leadership on social media:

https://twitter.com/KP24/status/1056876222939123712

"Australian Cricket’s culture review. Having played in that system for the last 4 seasons & with Lehmann carrying on like he did, I’m afraid an explosion was ALWAYS going to happen! Is he still employed by CA?!?!"

During the ball tampering saga, many felt that Lehmann must have been central to plans to tamper with the ball and there was much surprise when former CEO James Sutherland announced that Lehmann had the full support of the board and that he knew nothing about the plot to cheat amongst his most senior playing staff.

Pietersen, who was quite vocal about Lehmann’s role in the cheating saga at the time, also questioned whether Lehmann still had a role at Cricket Australia, after quitting his post.

Following his departure, Lehmann was given a position with Troy Cooley helping future stars build their game under the National Performance Program until his contract expired.

Pietersen’s teammate and ex England captain Michael Vaughan also chimed in over the findings made by the Ethics Centre, but was particularly critical of the new player’s pact drafted by Cricket Australia on Twitter.

The pact put into words what the game’s governing body expects from the team in an attempt to win back fans following the ball-tampering scandal.

“We recognise how lucky we are to play this great game. We respect the game and its traditions. We want to make all Australians proud,” the pact declares.

“Compete with us. Smile with us. Fight on with us. Dream with us.”

In the post, which was re-tweeted by Lehmann, Vaughan slammed the pact as “cringeworthy” and also stated that the ball-tampering trio should have their bans reduced.

https://twitter.com/MichaelVaughan/status/1056828432670248961

“Revealing in many ways but most sports teams live in an ‘gilded bubble’!!” he wrote of the review into CA.

“I personally think the players bans should be reduced now CA have shared the blame. Thought the punishment was too harsh at the time anyway.”

While most of those in high positions in Cricket Australia were cut after the Cape Town Test, chairman David Peever remains in his position on the board.

Peever was re-elected for a second term at last week's AGM, before the report's findings were released.

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