Cricket Australia publishes The Ethics Centre review into cricket culture

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To check the players’ behaviour and regulate the sport in the spirit of the sport, Cricket Australia today (Monday) released a 145-page report on ethics, empowering umpires and suggesting stronger penalties to regulate players on-field behaviour and strictly enforcing sport’s ethics.

The recommendations, to be considered by Cricket Australia,  give umpires authority to send-off players for poor behaviour, including sledging, and commissioning a review of existing high-performance practices.

The 145-page report on wide-ranging cultural review The Ethics Centre, has made 42 recommendations to CA’s responses. The review committee was voluntarily constituted by Cricket Australia in wake of the ball-tampering controversy during Australia’s tour of South Africa, bringing the game and its administrative body Down Under to shame.

Prior to this, Australia Men’s Test Captain, Tim Paine and Josh Hazlewood, released the players’ pact, the outcome of the player review which was commissioned at the same time as the organisational review, and will be adhered to by all contracted players within Australian cricket.

On release of the review, Cricket Australia Chairman, David Peever said: “At Cricket Australia our purpose is to unite and inspire communities through cricket. There’s no doubt that the ball-tampering incident in South Africa was extremely regrettable and caused distress across our country. It has been a difficult and confronting time for everyone involved in Australian Cricket, and for that I am sorry. Mistakes have been made, lessons have been learnt, and changes are and will continue to take place.

“Our response to the ball tampering incident was necessarily tough, and we acted swiftly and decisively. At the same time, we voluntarily commissioned an independent organisational review into Australian cricket and launched, concurrently, a player review to establish a renewed behavioural charter.”

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The organisational review, carried out by non-profit education and advisory firm, The Ethics Centre, is a summary of the views of 469 people representing a 58% response rate. This included current and past players, CA and state and territory cricket associations, employees and board members, the Australian Cricketers’ Association, umpires, sponsors and media.

The review includes various assessments that inform 42 recommendations, and CA is already well advanced in some areas with more than half of the recommendations in development or already implemented before we commissioned the review. Having considered the recommendations, CA is committing to enacting and exploring further the recommendations and actioning where appropriate.

The players review has resulted in a meaningful players’ pact. This project was carried out by Rick McCosker, with support from Peter Collins, George Bailey, Pat Cummins, Rachael Haynes, Tim Paine, Justin Langer and Shane Watson.

It’s important to note the Argus Report of 2011 into high performance has been diligently applied, however, the opportunity for us all today is to ensure a greater focus on the game’s ethos and the spirit of cricket.