Mark Taylor leaves Cricket Australia director role

Ian Chappell has questioned whether Steve Smith can regain the respect of his players after his suspension

Ian Chappell has questioned whether Steve Smith can regain the respect of his players after his suspension

It is the board's policy to have two former Test cricketers sitting as directors at any one point so there will be a desire to have another ex-player join fellow director Michael Kasprowicz.

Only last week, Taylor was mooted as a potential successor to Peever, with Australian cricket looking for new leadership after the damning independent review blamed CA's "arrogant" and "controlling" culture as contributing to players cheating in the pursuit of victory.

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell says "it's crisis time" for Cricket Australia, following Mark Taylor's resignation as a board member.

"I think I've made the right move in the interests of Australian cricket to step off and give some other, hopefully a former player, an opportunity to add some fresh ideas to this role", he said.

Calls have been growing for Smith and Warner - who recently padded up in club cricket in Australia - to return to the worldwide fold after a string of poor performances by the national team. "I've lost the energy and I think it's time for someone to fill my shoes".

Taylor, who had taken over from Australia's legendary captain Allan Border in the early 1990s and continued to uphold the legacy, was associated with the CA board for 13 years and said the developments over the last 18 months took a toll on him.

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.

"I tend to think they'll probably have more of the same, and I can't think of an ex-player who would be interested in doing the job who could do the job as well as Mark has done it".

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Taylor is the third director to resign in the last six months, after Bob Every and David Peever, with Peever forced to fall on his sword last week, just seven days after being re-elected to a new three year term as chairman.

"I had an opportunity to put my name forward as a chairman or to step off".

Test captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned from worldwide or first-class cricket for 12 months and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months after the clumsy plot to change the condition of the ball during the game against South Africa was captured by TV cameras.

"That to me was a sign that I needed to move on and, as I said, give someone else a go".

The board is now chaired on an interim basis by Earl Eddings until CA decides on a permanent replacement.

Eddings credited Taylor for his "significant role in helping build and shape relationships within the cricket community".

"In his role as director he has always worked collaboratively with key parties to put the interests of Australian cricket first".

"While it has been a hard 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".

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