Cricket Australia (CA) chairman David Peever has shot down suggestions that chief executive James Sutherland’s role within the organisation is in jeopardy in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.
Mr Sutherland had been criticised for his response to the incident as Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were handed bans on top of their imposed sanctions.
“James Sutherland’s position is not under review, he continues to retain the full support of the board,” Mr Peever said.
“In this crisis … [Mr Sutherland] has done an outstanding job.
“I know that when the time comes for James to make a decision about what he wants to do in regards to his role in CA, he will be remembered as one of the best servants of cricket in this country.”
Speaking from Johannesburg last week, Mr Sutherland vowed he would not resign from his position as Darren Lehmann stepped down as head coach.
Mr Sutherland has been the organisation’s chief executive for 17 years
In a wide-ranging press conference, Mr Peever also revealed further details about the organisation’s independent review into the “culture, processes and governance” of the organisation.
Mr Peever confirmed former Test batsman Rick McCosker would also lead a panel, alongside former and current players, that will provide recommendations to the Cricket Australia board.
“The important link will be between the events of Cape Town and what the review thinks and finds are the links between those events and the wider organisations,” Mr Peever said.
Mr Peever said the review would consider implementing a charter setting out “standards of behaviour and expectations” of Australia’s men’s teams.
“It is anticipated that this process will include assessments as to whether changes to codes and standards governing player conduct are required,” Mr Peever said.
Mr Peever said further details of the review would be announced in due course.
“This event is a reminder that good people can sometimes make serious mistakes,” Mr Peever said.
“Having owned their actions and expressed genuine remorse, I hope that all the players can successfully rebuild their careers … and eventually win back the trust of cricket fans and the Australian public.”
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