Cricket Australia CEO –James Sutherland, on Thursday, insisted that he will not resign due to the ball-tampering controversy, saying he is absolutely committed to his job.
He further said that the CA will make every possible effort to bring country's cricket back on track to restore the image of Australian cricket.
As per NDTV, Sutherland told reporters in Johannesburg, “I'm still committed to Cricket Australia and I won't be resigning. We are eager to restore the image of Cricket Australia going forward. I'm absolutely committed to my job. What's happened over the last few days has only strengthened my resolve.”
Following the ball-tampering scandal, Head Coach –Darren Lehmann submitted his resignation from the top role on 29 March, and Sutherland praised the 48-year-old, who guided Australia to 2015 Cricket World Cup success and Ashes series triumph, saying he had a "terrific work ethic".
The CA boss said of Lehmann, “I have huge regard and respect for the time that he's been coach of the Australian men's team. I want to take this opportunity to thank him. Given Darren's announcement just now it's appropriate for me to pay tribute to his service as coach of the Australian men's cricket team. He's provided a fantastic service but he's also been a part of a very successful team that has achieved a lot in his time as coach.”
Following Lehmann’s resignation, CA is not in a hurry to name his replacement, Sutherland added, “I know there is a lot of talented coaches in the coaching ranks back in Australia, but I also reflect on the fact that amongst international cricket there are a number of coaches that are performing very well.”
Meanwhile, CA CEO hadn't yet watched Steve Smith's heartbreaking press conference. He signed off by saying, “I haven't seen Steve Smith's press conference but I have had a lot of messages and will watch it. I know how sad and remorseful he is. Our hearts go out to the three suspended players right now.”