SYDNEY Australia (Xinhua) --
Cricket Australia (CA) has been accused of
creating a “win-at-all-costs” environment which led to a recent
cheating scandal and the reputation of one of the country’s most
loved sports being damaged.
review released on Monday called CA “arrogant and controlling”
and suggested that steps be taken to make sure that the ethics
of the game are being upheld by the governing body.
In March, three
players including captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David
Warner received 12 month bans for ball tampering during a test
match against South Africa.
The incident was a
blow for fans already disillusioned by recent poor behavior
which differs greatly from that of a game historically defined
by it’s sportsmanship, and led many to question the state of
For this review,
players were interviewed and surveys were conducted, with
anonymous respondents directing criticism at CA.
“CA does not handle
situations well when it goes against them—they revert to bully
tactics or worse, ostracizing,” a survey respondent said.
“The core complaint
is that the organisation does not respect anyone other than its
own,” the review stated.
report recommended that player behavior be considered during
team selection, stating that “selectors be required to take
account of a player’s character as well as their skills as a
cricketer when making a selection.”
Smith and Warner are
two of the top performers on the team with Smith considered
among the greatest batsmen of all time, however even before the
ball tampering scandal the pair had a reputation for leading a
release, players responded by revealing a “pact” which they hope
will give those at all levels of Australian cricket words of
guidance during the upcoming summer—a season which for many is
defined by the sport.
The pact says that
the players “recognize how lucky we are to play this great game.
We respect the game and all of its traditions” and “want to make
all Australians proud.”