Nov 19, 2021
Cricket Australia: Our culture may be bad, but it’s strong
Cricket Australia Chair Richard Freudenstein says in the light of the Tim Paine scandal, the organisation should be proud of its horrible, but strong culture.
“Every sporting organisation dreams about creating a strong culture, and no culture is stronger than the Australian Cricket Team’s.”
“It’s withstood scandals, millions of dollars on cultural reviews, fancy pamphlets with stock images of people smiling in an office and repeated commitments by numerous boards to change it.”
Mr Freudenstein said if anything, the Australian Cricket team’s culture is getting stronger.
“When the Shane Warne and Mark Waugh scandal regarding taking money from a bookmaker happened, we only managed to cover that up for three years. This one was four years, so that’s continuous improvement.”
Mr Freudenstein said not telling the public about the incident when it happened would not have respected the privacy of someone who sent dick pics.
“I mean, if anything, appointing a captain to fix the culture, when we knew he had a sexting scandal on the books, just shows how committed we are to protecting our bad culture.”
When asked if Cricket Australia would now look to tackle their culture in a meaningful way, Mr Freudenstein laughed before saying “Oh, you’re serious.”
“Look, we’ve had players suspended for taking a prohibited substance, we’ve had ball-tampering and lying about it afterwards, others have taken money from a bookie, why one of our ex-players even shot an elephant!”
“Outside of Federal Parliament, we have the strongest culture in Australia. The people doing the cultural reviews may change but the culture does not.”