Taylor (L) with Australia Test captain Tim Paine. Photo: Getty Images
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has stepped down from his role as Cricket Australia Director with immediate effect. Taylor said that his resignation will now allow Australian cricket and the cricketers to work from a fresh page in restoring the important values that helped Australia become a world beater. He also added that the move will remove any conflict of interest of him donning the dual roles as a Board member and a television commentator.
"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," Taylor said about his decision to step down.
"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."
Taylor has been working as a CA Director since his reappointment to the board in 2013. He had also served in the board from 2004 to 2012.
Taylor's resignation comes swiftly on the back of David Peever's, who resigned from his post as the Cricket Australia chairman a week after being re-elected for another three-year term. The twin developments come in the wake of severe backlash following the Longstaff review - commissioned after the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town - the results of which were made public last week. Earl Eddings, who was appointed deputy chairman, took over from Peever on an interim basis.
Eddings thanked Mr Taylor for his valuable contribution to the Board, saying he had "played a significant role in helping build and shape relationships within the cricket community, specifically with players past and present."
"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," Eddings said.
"Mark was appointed to the Cricket NSW Board the year he finished playing in 1999. He spent 12 years as a state Board member, combining this with his national Board role for a time. 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.
"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," said Mr Eddings.
Speaking on his resignation, Mark Taylor said:
"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.
"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 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. My best wishes, as always, go to the Board of Cricket Australia and the game of cricket wherever it is played and enjoyed," Taylor added.