The Biggest Resignations in Cricket

Four key personalities...

In the last several years, cricket has become a very popular sport all over the world. Famous cricket players are becoming new idols for fans. People travel all across the countries and even continents to see their favorite team. A lot of interesting and breathtaking events and tournaments happen every day: ICC World Cup, Test Matches, and T20.

In this article, we will focus on the four key personalities in the world of this sport that are known for the controversial cricket news: the biggest resignations in the sports world.

1.                  David Peever

This event took place in 2018. To understand the situation fully, we need to consider the background information. It all started from the 2018 Australian ball-tampering scandal. The Australian team was caught tampering the ball. During the Third Test match against the team of South Africa, Cameron Bancroft, the Australian cricketer, was caught while roughing up one side of the ball with sandpaper. It was established that captain and vice-captain, Steve Smith and David Warner, of the Australian team were also involved. The situation caused an enormous media scandal: Steve Smith was replaced as a captain.

As for David Peever, he was a Cricket Australia Chairman at that time. Seven months after the situation, he resigned from his post. After receiving a huge amount of critic, he decided that it was the only option.

2.                  Darren Lehmann

There was another big resignation that happened in 2018. The coach of the Australian Cricket Team Darren Lehmann resigned from his position after the ball-tampering scandal that occurred during the Third Test between Australia and South Africa. We have already reviewed the resignation of David Peever, but Darren Lehmann was another victim of this situation. Alongside Steve Smith, David Warne, and Cameron Bancroft, his possible involvement in the situation was investigated by Cricket Australia. Despite the fact that there was no evidence that he was involved, Darren Lehmann decided to step down from his position in the light of the events. Later he became a coach for Brisbane Heat. In this perspective, the ball-tampering scandal in Brisbane resulted in two major resignations in cricket: Darren Lehmann and David Peever.

3.                  Alastair Cook

The next example of big cricket resignation is Alastair Cook stepping down from the position of England Test Captain in 2017. It was reported back then that Alastair Cook has resigned as England Test captain after a record 59 matches in charge. He started his career as a captain for the English team in 2012 and helped the team to win the Ashes in 2013 and 2015. However, after a defeat in 2016 during the Test Series with India, he stated that he has some doubts about his role. He stated that stepping down had been an incredibly hard decision but he knew that was the correct decision for him and at the right time for the team. As a result, he resigned from the captaincy and continued his professional career in the English team as a regular player. He still shows great results on the field. For example, he was named the Fifth Highest Test Run Scorer of all time.

4.                  Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss who was a director of cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board resigned in 2018. As you can see, 2018 was a difficult year full of scandals. However, Andrew Strauss was not involved in any. The reason he decided to step down was connected with his family. He wanted to help his wife during her cancer treatment and decided to focus on her recovery.

In his statement, he said the following: “After three and a half incredible years with the ECB, I have taken the difficult decision to step down from my role as director of England cricket”. He added that in order to fulfill his role at the ECB, he needs to work on an everyday basis and that was not possible due to the family issues. However, in September 2019 it became public that Former England captain Sir Andrew Strauss has been appointed the chair of the England and Wales Cricket Board's cricket committee. After his wife dying from lung cancer, he decided to focus on work. We wish Strauss all the best during this difficult year for him and his family.

To sum everything up, in such a competitive sports industry as cricket, big and controversial resignations happen regularly. For example, 2018 was a difficult year in cricket due to the number of resignations after the ball-tampering scandal. Major cricket figures as Darren Lehmann and David Peever were forced to step down. However, we hope that there will be no more scandals in cricket and resignations will only take place as a result of retirement. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on