ACA response to Cricket Australia AGM

24 October, 2018

ACA President Greg Dyer has commented after the Cricket Australia (CA) AGM in Melbourne today.

Regarding the financial expansion of the game Dyer, on behalf of the ACA Executive, said:

“Driven by the partnership model between the players and CA, it must be acknowledged the robust financial position Australian cricket is in, which has created opportunities for the sport to consolidate and invest in grassroots cricket,” Dyer said.

“However, it is also critical that we understand the current culture in the game, and how cricket can be better governed going forward.

“This is a crucial opportunity for the sport, one it cannot miss."

Based on this, Dyer said that it was of concern that the ACA, Players, States Associations and the Public did not receive the Dr.Longstaff’s Cultural Review prior to today’s AGM.

“The ACA’s submission to the Longstaff Review raised concerns with the lack of transparency and accountability at the leadership level at CA,” Dyer said.

"The ACA believes that the CA Board has missed an opportunity to have the results of this review understood and contested, prior to this meeting.

“All stakeholders in cricket need to be fully informed and engaged in the reforms recommended by Dr Longstaff, and in improved long-term governance of the game; and this AGM was a good forum in which to do that.

“As such, the ACA awaits the release of the Longstaff report with a sense of expectation and cautious optimism."

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