CA culture: 'Arrogant', 'bullying' and 'dictatorial'

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Steve Waugh is interviewed prior to the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards at Messe Berlin

Among other findings, the review found that Cricket Australia was perceived to be "arrogant and controlling" and said to view the events in South Africa as "the failure of a handful of players" would be a mistake.

As revealed by The Daily Telegraph, the Australian Cricketers Association is poised to make an official submission to the Cricket Australia board to try and reduce the ball-tampering penalties on the basis that they're disproportionate to the lack of responsibility taken by CA administrators.

"With this new information, common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality, which we've talked about from the outset, and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced".

Cricket Australia, led by chairman David Peever, has been under fire following the delayed release of the Longstaff review which blamed the board in part for the ball-tampering incident and accused it of allowing an "alpha male culture" to flourish and harm the game.

The report, commissioned by CA after the ball-tampering affair, noted "responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands".

David Peever, CA chairman, said some good would come from the 42 recommendations in the report. Cricket Australia's board handed the Cape Town trio unprecedented punishment for the specific reason that they were deemed to be exclusively responsible for bringing the game into disrepute. "In our opinion, CA's fault is not that it established a culture of "win at all costs", the review states. These include chief executive James Sutherland stepping aside after 17 years, having been replaced by Kevin Roberts, while high-performance boss Pat Howard will depart next year.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft have been on an emotional rollercoaster since departing South Africa in March, when the cheating scandal derailed their careers and prompted so much tearful introspection.

ACA president Greg Dyer said there were a range of suggestions in terms of when the bans could end.

Peever indicated he would not be joining the exodus from CA and said the 12-month bans on Smith and Warner and a nine-month ban on Bancroft would stand. Players, asked to "play the mongrel", could become men they did not want to be as a result of this, the report added.

Simon Longstaff from the Ethic's Centre begins his extensive cultural review by emphasising that Warner's role in influencing the more junior Cameron Bancroft to sandpaper a ball, with the captain Smith turning a blind eye - is only the "reported facts". "I'm receiving as many messages from people suggesting that the suspensions are too lenient as those who are sending messages saying they're too harsh", he said.

That's how Australian cricket's governing body has been described in a damning new report examining the sport's culture and running in the country.

"It details a corporate culture which is as bad as I've seen in 30 years in the corporate world", he said.

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