Former Australian captain Mark Taylor became the latest head to roll at Cricket Australia in the wake of the report in Sandpapergate.
Mark Taylor AO today advised the Board of Cricket Australia of his decision to step down from his role as Director, effective immediately.
He revealed: “With a total of 13 years Board service, and as Cricket Australia’s current longest-serving Director, I reached this decision following a high degree of soul searching and, importantly, having the game’s best interests clearly in mind.
“Following on from the events in March this year that rocked the cricketing world, and the ongoing damage this created for our game, including vital employer-employee relationships, my principle brief has been to work hard at fostering and restoring a workable, meaningful and respectful understanding between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association, especially at a time when both parties were still recovering from the prolonged spirited, vigorous, and, sometimes, toxic MoU negotiations dating back to mid-2017.
“As Australian cricket faces up to its latest challenge, the time therefore has arrived for me to step back and allow Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association to work from a fresh page in restoring the important values that have enabled Australia, for many years, to be recognised as one of the world’s most admired and successful cricket nations.
“My decision also removes the conflicts that have lately emerged with me striving to achieve a better working relationship between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association whilst having to address my ongoing role of reporting on cricket for the Nine Network."
He added: “I have always appreciated serving cricket at this peak level, especially as it enabled me to repay my gratitude at being given the ultimate privilege and honour of representing my country, along with the added rare honour of being appointed its captain.
“My best wishes, as always, go to the Board of Cricket Australia and the game of cricket wherever it is played and enjoyed.”
Cricket Australia Interim Chairman Earl Eddings thanked Taylor for his valuable contribution to the Board.
Eddings said: “While we would like Mark to continue as a Director on the Board, we appreciate his reasons and have accepted his resignation.
"Mark has given an enormous amount to Australian cricket over three decades as a player, captain and Board member.”
“A prolific opening batsman, and widely regarded as one of Australia’s best captains, Mark has been a statesman of the game, showing great leadership on and off the field.
“Mark has played a significant role in helping build and shape relationships within the cricket community, specifically with players past and present, and in his role as Director has always worked collaboratively with key parties to put the interests of Australian cricket first.
“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.
“While it has been a difficult few weeks for Australian Cricket, The Board of Cricket Australia and the Executive team are committed to rebuilding and earning the trust of the cricket community.”