Former Australian test Captain Mark Taylor quit as a Cricket Australia (CA) director on Monday, after serving 13 years on the board.
He told reporters that “I don’t think I can give any more. I’ve lost the energy and I think it’s time for someone else to step up and fill my shoes.”
Since Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for trying to alter the ball with sandpaper in a South Africa Test in March, Taylor has been at the forefront of working to restore relations between CA and the players’ union.
“I said many months ago that my next step as a Cricket Australia director was either to step up or step off the board,” he said. “I had an opportunity at this time to put my name forward as a chairman, or step off.” “That’s where I got to and I think I’ve made the right move in the interests of Australian cricket to step off and give some other, hopefully, former player an opportunity to add some fresh ideas to this role as a director of Cricket Australia.”
Interim CA chairman Earl Eddings admitted he had hoped the respected Taylor, who played in 104 Tests, would remain on the board.
“Mark has played a significant role in helping build and shape relationships within the cricket community, specifically with players past and present,” he said. “In his role as director he has always worked collaboratively with key parties to put the interests of Australian cricket first.” “It’s been an honour to have an icon of Australian cricket serving on the board of Cricket Australia.”
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20 February, 2019