The former president of the national team, Rod Marsh, blamed the Newlands ball-handling scandal at the feet of Cricket Australia, citing a "win at all costs" culture that says it was repeated in "all meetings "of which he participated. a part.
With CA President David Peever, he will be reelected as president for another three years at the General Board Meeting in Melbourne on Thursday and new CEO Kevin Roberts will begin his function the next day, Australian cricket is still awaiting the publication of two separate reviews in the CA culture as an organization, led by corporate ethicist Simon Longstaff, and another from the male team led by former test hitter Rick McCosker.
Marsh, who served as selector from 2011 to 2016 and as chairman of the 2014 panel, said he had no doubt that the pressure to win in South Africa had contributed to the actions of Warner and Bancroft, with the tacit approval of Smith, during the third meeting. "The culture of CA says that the culture of CA is" toxic. "
" It was not when I was a player [but] it was when I was selected, "Marsh told News Corp." It was said that we had to get to number one in all formats. I felt extremely bad for Davey Warner. The worst thing that happened was when Steve Smith and Cam Bancroft went up in front of the press at the end of the day's play. That was not necessary. It caused all the problems.
"Look, I will always support the players and there is a reason for these things to happen, they were under enormous pressure to win, it's winning, winning, winning, winning, not at all costs, which is not the way the game must be played.
"When it came to a critical point, I think Cricket Australia realized that they were to blame and the only way they could escape public scrutiny (to some extent, at least) was by imposing These penalties to the three players involved. "They would have been happy to tell David Warner about his punishment, as they would still be overwhelmed by the role he played in the MoU saga the previous year, another example of how bad things had turned out."
In an interview to promote his new book, Marsh also expressed his strong disagreement with CA's lengthy bans on Warner, Smith and Bancroft, and described the manipulation of the ball as a practice so common that even the outgoing future president, James Sutherland, probably would have done it. in his days as a sewing bowler for Victoria.
"I wrote it in the book, all the fast bowlers who have picked up a cricket ball, have manipulated it, make no mistake," Marsh said. "I even wondered if James Sutherland could have chosen the seam, a former fast bowler for the University of Melbourne club who played some games for Victoria, if he says no, he would ask the question again.
"That [using sandpaper] was not so smart. Without a doubt, it was one of the dumbest things. Have I ever seen in the reflection. You can not go out with the cameras around. "
On the subject of Warner's role on the team, Marsh wrote in the book that CA management was" very aware "of the unofficial role of the vice-captain as the "Attack dog" on the side. "But as far as I know, there was never anyone to set him aside and politely invite him to be quiet in the country," he wrote, "except perhaps when another misdemeanor meant suspension.
"I know from past experience, and the near experience in recent years what players have to go through, it's not an easy thing, it sounds very glamorous, of course they pay exceptionally well, but it's very, very difficult The players must be taken care of and the players must respect the game … you have to show respect and if you do not, the game will bite you as we have seen. "