Mark Taylor downplays chances of becoming CA Chairman

Taylor ruled himself out of contention citing broadcasting commitments and the conflict of interest as the reason behind his decision.

Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor | Getty

Former Test skipper Mark Taylor has ruled himself out of becoming the next Cricket Australia(CA) chairman, amidst the administrative chaos in the system after the infamous ball-tampering incident earlier this year. 

Taylor, who looked the most likely candidate to took the over reigns after David Peever quit on Thursday, November 1,  following the ethical review which stated that the sport's governing body in the country is "arrogant, entitled and self-centred" and has developed a "win at all costs" culture for its players. 

The highly respectable Taylor, despite having been endorsed by former CEO Malcolm Speed for the position, cited conflict of interest as the reason behind his decision. 

"Given my media role, I don't believe being chairman would be appropriate,"  said Taylor on Channel Nine, after recently signing a new contract with the broadcaster which has the rights to the World Cup and Ashes series in 2019.

Speaking on the matter, his once teammate Ian Healy feels that Taylor would be "a very good chairman" and said, "I just think he might be a victim, Tubby, in that anyone who presided over that culture when the Longstaff review was handed down, how can we make them chairman?." 

While there is an outside chance that ex-fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz could get the nod if CA wants, it is expected that Peever's deputy Earl Eddings, currently in an interim role, will be the front-runner in board's consideration for a long-term position as chairman. 

(Inputs from AFP)


By Kashish Chadha - 03 Nov, 2018

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