Cricket Australia chief backs 'homework-gate' axing

May 16, 2013, 00:51 IST | Agencies

James Sutherland, the CEO of Cricket Australia has stood by the team management's decision to drop four players ahead of the Mohali Test against India in March due to the violation of regulations.

The then vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were casualties as they failed to provide written feedback on the improvement of their and the team’s performance. 

James Sutherland
James Sutherland

Sutherland said that he has “in-depth” understanding of the proceedings then. “I’m disappointed we got to that stage. I now have a pretty in-depth understanding of where and how it got to there and I’m still disappointed that it happened in the circumstances when it got to there and how it got to there,” was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.

“I’m supportive of the decisions that were made at the time and I’m a really firm believer in the fact that those decisions will ultimately stand us in good stead as we build to sustained performance at the highest level.

I think it’s pretty well understood internally what I think about it, and the need for us to ensure those things are dealt with better before they ever get to that stage.

“It would be dangerous to narrow it down to one or two things. It was a culmination of a whole lot of things, and to pinpoint it as being communication of people not necessarily understanding where they were... yes that is one of the reasons no doubt. But there’s a whole lot of others as well I think.” he added.

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