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Monday, 29 October 2018

Taylor responds to 'rash' CA suggestion


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Former Australian captain Mark Taylor says there’s no need for “any rash decisions” amid calls for him to take over as chairman of Cricket Australia.

With current chairman David Peever under fire in the wake of a scathing review that labelled CA “arrogant” and “controlling”, Taylor’s name has been mentioned by former CA boss Malcolm Speed as a possible replacement.

Speed, also a former head of the International Cricket Council, told ABC Radio he’d “like to see Mark Taylor stand up as chairman” and the board needs “dyed-in-the-wool cricket people to stand up and take back their sport.”

Taylor, who first joined the CA board in 2004, has urged the cricket community to take its time to consider the ramifications of the Ethics Centre review.

“It’s far too early to be making any rash decisions,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

“Everyone is jumping the gun in terms of wanting to make widespread changes.

“Let’s wait for things to settle down in the coming weeks, see how the dust settles and work out what’s best for the game going forward.”

Peever was re-elected for another term as chairman last week, with many questioning why such a decision was taken immediately before the release of the review into the culture at CA.

Taylor’s availability for the role is also questionable, having just signed a new three-year deal as Nine’s lead cricket expert that runs through until 2021, with the network already locked into broadcasting both the World Cup and Ashes in 2019.

Speed was CEO of what was then the Australian Cricket Board from 1997 until 2001, before heading up the ICC until 2008. He told the ABC he’s firmly of the belief that Peever must resign as chairman.

“David is the first (chairman) to have come out of the corporate world rather than out of the cricket world and I think in this crisis that’s what’s shown here,” Speed told ABC radio.

“I’d like to see Mark Taylor stand up as chairman of Cricket Australia. He’s on the board, he’s been there for quite a long time and there is a bit of an outcry that the whole of the board must go, I don’t agree with that, there are some very good people on that board who work hard, who have good judgment.”

Former Australian captain Mark Taylor says there’s no need for “any rash decisions” amid calls for him to take over as chairman of Cricket Australia.

With current chairman David Peever under fire in the wake of a scathing review that labelled CA “arrogant” and “controlling”, Taylor’s name has been mentioned by former CA boss Malcolm Speed as a possible replacement.

Speed, also a former head of the International Cricket Council, told ABC Radio he’d “like to see Mark Taylor stand up as chairman” and the board needs “dyed-in-the-wool cricket people to stand up and take back their sport.”

Taylor, who first joined the CA board in 2004, has urged the cricket community to take its time to consider the ramifications of the Ethics Centre review.

“It’s far too early to be making any rash decisions,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

“Everyone is jumping the gun in terms of wanting to make widespread changes.

“Let’s wait for things to settle down in the coming weeks, see how the dust settles and work out what’s best for the game going forward.”

Peever was re-elected for another term as chairman last week, with many questioning why such a decision was taken immediately before the release of the review into the culture at CA.

Taylor’s availability for the role is also questionable, having just signed a new three-year deal as Nine’s lead cricket expert that runs through until 2021, with the network already locked into broadcasting both the World Cup and Ashes in 2019.

Speed was CEO of what was then the Australian Cricket Board from 1997 until 2001, before heading up the ICC until 2008. He told the ABC he’s firmly of the belief that Peever must resign as chairman.

“David is the first (chairman) to have come out of the corporate world rather than out of the cricket world and I think in this crisis that’s what’s shown here,” Speed told ABC radio.

“I’d like to see Mark Taylor stand up as chairman of Cricket Australia. He’s on the board, he’s been there for quite a long time and there is a bit of an outcry that the whole of the board must go, I don’t agree with that, there are some very good people on that board who work hard, who have good judgment.”

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