Aussie cricketers asks CA to resign

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Melbourne, Jan 15 (PTI) Australian players are the latestto join the list of growing voices demanding resignation ofCricket Australia''s board in the wake of recent Ashes debacleagainst England.

The Australian Cricketers'' Association said the game''sanachronistic governance structure was "fundamentally flawed"and supporting the views of its members, chief executive PaulMarsh insisted that an independent commission was required torun cricket in the country.

"The structure of Australian cricket''s governance modelis fundamentally flawed," Marsh was quoted as saying in ''TheAustralian''.

The ACA is keen that the century-old structure comprisingof 14-member board, which is having an uneven number ofdelegates from the six states, to be replaced by ahigh-powered body made up of leaders from their fields.

"You''ve got a situation where directors of the CricketAustralia board also have to be directors of their respectivestate boards," Marsh said.

"This produces an unavoidable conflict of interest, wheredirectors have responsibilities to CA and their stateassociations.

"Directors are put in positions where they have to makedecisions which may be good for one of their boards but notthe other. Over time there are always going to be conflictsbetween what''s best for Australian cricket and what''s best fortheir state," added Marsh.

Meanwhile, CA chairman Jack Clarke though did not ruleout the possibility of a commission but said any change ofgovernance would require a complete overhaul at national andstate level.

"If you just put the nine wisest men or women in theworld in charge they have still got the same reportingstructures to the states," Clarke said.

"If a review is going to achieve anything meaningful itmust look far beyond the structure of the board, it''s got tolook at the structure of Australian cricket.

"But we are not wedded to any structure at this stage. Weare in the hands of professionals as to what options thereare."

Clarke also came out in support of the role of the boardstructure, saying it was "not perfect but had served cricketpretty well".

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