Taylor resigns from Cricket Australia board as turmoil continues

Steve Smith was devastated to lose the Australian captaincy

Steve Smith was devastated to lose the Australian captaincy

"I have always appreciated serving cricket at this peak level, especially as it enabled me to repay by gratitude at being given the ultimate privilege and honour of representing by country, along with the added rare honour of being appointed its captain", Taylor said in his resignation letter to interim CA chairman Earl Eddings.

"Obviously with the men's team struggling at this stage, [it's an opportunity] for all of us to change for good and work out how we can work together for the good of Australia and for the good of Australian cricket". The former Australia skipper continues to hone his cricketing skills while playing in the NSW T20 Premier Cricket tournament.

The Ethics Centre's 145-page summary of cricket's cultural malaise was the final straw but Taylor also cited the toll taken by last year's pay dispute, the sandpaper scandal, failed attempts to rebuild the relationship between CA and the players' union, and the tricky balance of being a board member and Channel Nine pundit.

The conflict of being a media commentator as well as a cricket official had been a hard tightrope for him to traverse during the ugly pay negotiations and it was no easier to manage in the fallout from the incident at Newlands in March and the suspensions of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Smith and David Warner were slapped with a one-year worldwide ban while rookie Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months by Cricket Australia in March this year for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

"I don't think I can give any more".

"I had an opportunity to put my name forward as a chairman or to step off".

At the same time he also admitted the handling of the Longstaff report - which wasn't shown to states before they re-elected Peever for another three years on October 25 and wasn't released publicly until last Monday - had been damaging.

"I've just got to the end. That's the way to look at it I suppose", he said about the ACA statement.

"We thank him for his ongoing commitment and valuable insights to the game".

Devoid of energy and losing sleep as the sport he loves threatened to tear itself apart, Cricket Australia's longest-serving board member Mark Taylor decided it was time to follow deposed chairman David Peever out the door.

And Taylor has now made a decision to split from CA altogether.

It is the board's policy to have two former Test cricketers sitting as directors at any one point so there will be a desire to have another ex-player join fellow director Michael Kasprowicz.

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