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Ball-tampering row: Cricket Australia chairman David Peever resigns
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Ball-tampering row: Cricket Australia chairman David Peever resigns

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Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever has resigned on Thursday following a strong criticism on Australian cricket after the ball-tampering scandal.

Sydney-based not-for-profit organization, The Ethics Centre, has unleashed scathing attack in its 145-page review on the issue. Interim chair Earl Eddings said Cricket Australia needed to "earn back the trust of the cricket community".

David Peever resigned after accepting the extreme views of the independent review which labelled Cricket Australia as an "arrogant and controlling" organisation. The review was prompted by the Australian team's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa during a Test match against South Africa in March.

After the scandal, players Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned. Immediately following the review's publication on Monday, Peever, who had recently been re-elected for another three-year term, said he was still best placed to oversee the changes, but subsequently came under increasing pressure to resign. "We look forward to continuing the important process of recovering and rebuilding for Cricket Australia and Australian cricket," said Eddings.

"The board is keenly aware that we have a way to go to earn back the trust of the cricket community. We and the executive team are determined to make cricket stronger." (UNI)