Taylor resigns from Cricket Australia board as turmoil continues

Steve Smith was devastated to lose the Australian captaincy

Steve Smith was devastated to lose the Australian captaincy

Devoid of energy and losing sleep as the sport he loves threatened to tear itself apart, Cricket Australia's longest-serving board member Mark Taylor decided it was time to follow deposed chairman David Peever out the door.

Former Test captain Mark Taylor quit as a Cricket Australia director Monday to give the organisation a clean slate to fix the damage inflicted by the ball-tampering scandal and a damning review into the governing body.

Taylor was floated as a potential successor to Peever last week by former CA chief executive Malcolm Speed, with the game in desperate need of inspired leadership as it lurches from crisis to crisis in the aftermath of the Cape Town cheating scandal.

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Smith and Warner were slapped with a one-year global ban while rookie Bancroft was suspended for nine months by Cricket Australia in March this year for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

The organisation was rocked last week by the release of the Ethics Centre's report into the culture of CA, which labelled the governing body "arrogant", while the Australian player pact has been widely condemned as "rubbish".

"Over the last 13 years.it's taken its toll on me".

"I don't even think they actually asked the players if they wanted that done so the three players have now got to follow in behind them (ACA). I've lost the energy and I think it's time for someone else to step up and fill my shoes".

"I've worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to try and get a better relationship with the cricketers and the board of Cricket Australia", Taylor said.

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While standing by his comments, Taylor also said this sort of criticism of Australian cricket's inner-workings is part of his changed media role at Channel 9 - something he felt would become more of an issue if he remained on the board.

"That puts the cricketers' association and Cricket Australia at odds straight away".

Taylor, who represented Australia in 104 tests before slipping into Channel Nine's commentary box, had served as a conduit between administrators and players for nearly 15 years.

Chappell re-iterated his view that the board isn't interested in hearing the views of ex-players, a situation that isn't likely to improve following the loss of Taylor, one of the most respected figures in Australian cricket.

CA interim chairman Earl Eddings thanked Taylor for his service, and reiterated his desire to turn the organisation's image around.

"It's been an honour to have an icon of Australian cricket serving on the board of Cricket Australia, and our best wishes go to Mark", Mr Eddings said in a statement.

Taylor has generally been measured and diplomatic in his dealings as a CA board member, both private and public.

Captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were banished for a year - until March - while batsman Bancroft was sidelined for nine months.

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