Cricket Australia board faces big call on Peever replacement


Earl Eddings, managing director of a risk management firm, is Cricket Australia's interim chairman as the board mulls who should replace David Peever.

Risk management guru Earl Eddings, Cricket Australia's first female board member Jacquie Hey and Australian Grand Prix supremo John Harnden headline the candidates to succeed David Peever.

There has been a sense of stability about CA in recent years but uncertainty abounds after Thursday's bloodless coup.

CA chairman Peever was one week into a second three-year term when he accepted it was time to go, prompted by a phone call from Cricket NSW chairman John Knox that was made in light of Monday's scathing independent review.

Eddings, installed as deputy chairman and heir apparent at last week's annual general meeting (AGM), was appointed interim chairman by the board.

It points towards Eddings, managing director of Riskcom and a former first-grade player and president of club North Melbourne, later taking the role in a permanent capacity.

David Peever
CA chairman David Peever and his board will name new national team leaders in due course.

But nothing can be certain in such uncertain times, with CA under pressure to deliver genuine cultural change and reconnect with the players' union amid some 42 recommendations from The Ethics Centre.

Mark Taylor rules himself out

Long-serving board member Mark Taylor, who has served as a conduit between administrators and players for almost 15 years, is already out of the race despite pleas from former CA chief executive Malcolm Speed and former CA chairman Bob Merriman.

Taylor, who played 104 Tests before slipping into Channel Nine's commentary box, cited the obvious hurdle that is his three-year contract with the TV station that is broadcasting both the Ashes and World Cup next year.

Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor (centre) says he's not interested in becoming CA chairman.
Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor (centre) says he's not interested in becoming CA chairman.

Michael Kasprowicz, who was Greg Dyer's predecessor as president of the players' union, is the other former Test cricketer on CA's board.

Kasprowicz boasts 113 Test wickets, an MBA and plenty of subcontinent connections through his consultancy firm Venture India but notably less corporate experience than other directors.

Hey, who chaired CA's review subcommittee and presented its findings alongside Peever on Monday, joined the governing body's board alongside Peever in 2012.

Chair of the review sub committee Jacquie Hey is considered a candidate for the top job.
Chair of the review sub committee Jacquie Hey is considered a candidate for the top job.

Hey, who has previously held high-ranking positions with Ericsson around the world, also sits on the board of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Qantas and AGL Energy.

Harnden, who was on the final shortlist to become CA's chief executive at the end of James Sutherland's 17-year tenure, is a widely-respected sporting administrator.

Harnden has previously served as chief executive of the South Australian Cricket Association, 2015 World Cup and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The fact Harnden has only been on CA's board since 2016 could potentially work in his favour.

"Anyone who presided over that culture when the Longstaff review was handed down, how can we make them chairman?" Test great Ian Healy pondered on Fox Sports.

Peever also needs to be replaced as chairman of the World Twenty20 organising committee. Australia are hosting the T20 showpiece in 2020.

Peever joins Bob Every and Tony Harrison in leaving CA's board this year. Every resigned in protest, unhappy with Peever's "substandard" performance as chairman.

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