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Lee stands by calls for NSW cricket's head
15:14 AEST Fri Dec 28 2012

Former Test speedster Brett Lee has stood by his calls for NSW chief executive David Gilbert to be sacked, despite being reported for breaching Cricket Australia's code of behaviour.

Lee said his comments were made with the best interests of NSW cricket at heart, and told Channel Nine's Cricket Show that he's looking forward to explaining himself at next week's hearing.

The 36-year-old went after Gilbert following the Blues' decision to punt coach Anthony Stuart.

Lee is adamant Stuart was a scapegoat and believes the problems with NSW cricket run far deeper, with Gilbert needing to answer questions.

"What I said, I meant. I did it in the best interests of NSW Cricket," Lee said.

"I've loved playing every moment for NSW cricket and I feel, the last five or six years, it's gone off the ball.

"I believe it should start right from the top and that's why I mentioned David Gilbert up there. But there are a lot of changes that need to happen to improve NSW cricket and I stand by what I said.

"The thing is I'm going next week for a hearing in front of NSW Cricket and I'm actually looking forward to that because then I can express my views and the reasons why I said this.

"I said it out of the goodness of my own heart. I want to see NSW Cricket strong again. I just believe it's fallen off the pace a little bit."

Lee is no longer a NSW Blues squad member but must still abide by the code of conduct as a player for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League.

NSW responded to the media comments by reporting Lee.

Lee is alleged to have breached rule six for unbecoming behaviour and rule nine for detrimental public comment.

Under the code of conduct, players must not bring the game into disrepute or be harmful to the interests of cricket.

The fast bowler questioned Gilbert's leadership and suggested he should have been the man to go instead of Stuart.

The date and time of the Cricket Australia hearing is yet to be confirmed.

Ex-Test and NSW cricketer-turned-commentator Michael Slater backed up Lee's comments on the Cricket Show.

"It's something I know is very factual over the past couple of years. A lot of ex-NSW players and those surrounding the set-up even now are worried about what's happening there," Slater said.


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