Simon Katich rules himself out of Cricket Australia role

Simon Katich happy with current assignments

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Former Australian Test cricketer Simon Katich has confirmed on Wednesday (November 7) that he is not going to take up any role in beleaguered Australian cricket board (Cricket Australia).

He further went on to predict that the bloodletting will continue following the scathing review of the Longstaff into the CA's culture. Ever since the review, especially on the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town earlier this year, came into the light, Cricket Australia has been under siege, resulting CA Chairman David Peever resigned last Thursday after his role became untenable.

Besides Peever, CA’s longest-serving director, and former Australia captain, Mark Taylor, also stepped down from the role on Monday, citing “the toll of a tumultuous period for Australian cricket”.

While announcing his resignation, Taylor hoped that a former player would replace him on the board and even named former Australia player Simon Katich among the potential successors.

However, Katich is not in any mood to take up the role on the board at the moment but his reason is different among those, saying his media roles and family commitments ruled him out of the top role.

As per reports in the Australian newspaper, Katich said, “I've got too much on my plate. Mark Taylor spoke about his conflict with media commitments and the board role and I have signed to work with Channel 7 and (radio station) SEN during the summer so I would be equally compromised. I'm contracted and I am going to honor that contract. I would love to help but I am happy doing what I am doing.”

Noteworthy, CA’s long-serving chief executive James Sutherland, board director Bob Every, and head coach Darren Lehmann were among those who quit their roles in a wake of the ball-tampering saga.

Katich feels more departures were to come in the coming days. He signed off by saying, “There are more answerable at the moment than those who have paid the price. I don't think this has ended yet.”

(With Reuters Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 08 Nov, 2018

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