Cricket Australia: The board has appointed Dr. Simon Longstaff as the first-ever Independent Ethics Commissioner. He will be taking over the jobs related to advising the national cricketing body on ethical matters that might arise. His work will not restrict to administration, governance, transparency, and on or off-field behavior. Dr. Longstaff first got the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. He has also provided his advice on ethics previously to professional organizations. He achieved the award of the Order of Australia.
“Distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and philosophy,” in 2013. The Ethics Commissioner’s role will be to work hand in hand with the Cricket Australia board, State and Territory Associations, and the Australian Cricketers’ Association. who is the chairman of the board of directors who expressed the reason behind Longstaff’s appointment? He released an official statement where he talked about this matter.
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The board and their state Territory colleagues are in full mood to improve their governance structures in cricket. The Ethics Commissioner will provide a vital reference point for issues that impact Cricket Australia and the game more broadly. Dr. Lachlan Henderson also added that Dr. Longstaff has a detailed understanding of the game. He knows the challenges and to tackle these progressive decisions CA has taken.
Then he concluded that they are keen to work with him for the betterment of the game. Last time in 2018, Cricket Australia faced a disarray impact. The ethical crisis was regarding the alleged involvement of three of its players. Two of them were big piles of Australian cricket, Test skipper Steve Smith, and his then deputy David Warner. Cameron Bancroft’s name also got public for an unethical curriculum file. The authority had accused them of the ball-tampering scandal during the Test series in South Africa.
Having strong evidence, in this case, the board banned these players for two years. It was a dark period in Australian cricket as they were facing abuses from across the world. After the end of this suspension, David Warner and Steve Smith made a comeback. But Cameron Bancroft did not get such a chance. Rest, this incident snatched their positions of captaincy and vice-captaincy for a lifetime.