Cricket Australia chairman David Peever resigns

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David Peever has resigned as the chairman of Cricket Australia, the governing body has announced.

David Peever has resigned as Cricket Australia's Chairman. "David has put the good of the game first by taking full accountability", Knox said in a statement.

Peever offered his resignation earlier this year, after calling the Ten Network "bottom feeders" in an email to its U.S. network chiefs that was later leaked, but it was rejected by CA's board.

Earl Eddings, a former Cricket Victoria director who was confirmed as deputy chair at last week's AGM, has been installed as interim chair until the board convenes in the near future to undertake the process of making a permanent appointment.

Peever's move comes in the wake of the independent review into the cultural review into Australian Cricket following the ball-tampering scandal.

Peever has so far avoided an exodus of senior figures after the scandal when players were caught using sandpaper to alter the ball in a Test match against South Africa in March.

What happens next is anybody's guess.

Those states backing Peever cited fears a power vacuum could have a damaging and destabilising effect at the start of summer as part of the reason for their stance.

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But since, he came under sustained pressure to stand aside from influential voices including ex-test captain Ian Chappell and former CA chief executive Malcolm Speed.

"Given my media role, I don't believe being chairman would be appropriate", Taylor told the Nine Network.

The favourite. The Victorian was appointed interim chairman following Mr Peever's resignation, having also been named deputy chairman at last week's annual general meeting.

Calls have been mounting for Peever to go after it emerged that the CA-commissioned report was not provided to the country's state associations before he was re-elected.

The identity of Peever's successor is one of several questions for a board mulling some 42 recommendations from The Ethics Centre.

Peever's departure paves the way for cuts to CA-imposed ball-tampering bans issued to Smith and Warner. Chief executive James Sutherland has left after 17 years and Pat Howard, the high-performance manager, has said he will not seek to extend his contract beyond mid-2019.

Peever, a former Rio Tinto mining executive who was reappointed for a second term as chairman only last week, said on Monday that he wouldn't step aside.

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