Cricket Australia releases findings after 'extremely regrettable' ball-tampering scandal

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However, he also described it as "at times hard to read and in some instances, hard to agree with".

The findings could open the door for a reduction in the 12 month bans handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

'I think the general feeling around Australia, certainly the people I talk to, is they want them playing again, at worst domestic cricket.

The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) termed the punishment on the trio "harsh" and called for a reconsideration but CA chairman David Peever remained adamant and turned down the plea.

However, CA chairman David Peewar struck down that possibility saying that the board came to the decision after comepleting a process and that they stand by it. "Sanctions were carried out and imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process. We've learnt many lessons", he said. "Both within the playing group and within the organisation itself to move things forward". Composed by Dr Simon Longstaff in conjunction with a player review conducted by the former Test batsman Rick McCosker, it has exposed the governing body as "arrogant" and "controlling", while casting back to the introduction of more outwardly corporate structures and goals by the 2011 Argus review as a key point on the road towards the Newlands ball tampering scandal.

"I know all involved, would have preferred that the events in South Africa didn't occur", Peever added.

The review described Australia's players as living in a "gilded bubble - disconnected, for much of each year, from families, friends and the grounding influence of community".

The review made 42 recommendations to change CA's culture, most of which the organisation said they would either look to implement or already had in place.

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"That has been recognised and we're using the report now as an opportunity to do better". He says the grief felt by the Australian public in the wake of the ball tampering affair "was linked to a sense of shame not felt since the days of the perfectly legal, but what some may consider unsporting, under-arm bowling incident, a shame that our society's ethical malaise had moved from politics to business to the churches".

This comes one month ahead of India's tour to Australia.

"A culture of disrespect for the opposition, as seen in the common practice of abusive sledging, runs through Australian domestic and worldwide cricket, to a degree not practised by other nations", it notes.

The report may fuel calls for the three players' suspensions to be reduced, Australian media reported. There is nothing enjoyable or fraternal about abuse.

"It has also given rise to a series of "shadow values and principles" - a set of implicit norms that are often driving conduct that is at odds with the requirements of CA's formal Ethical Framework, How We Play, and The Spirit of Cricket".

"Their measure is recorded in runs made, wickets taken, matches won, world rankings".

"Instead, they are led to believe that their worth resides entirely in their capacity to meet CA's strategic and commercial goals to win matches and present a compelling product".

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