Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts resigns from his prestigious post & the T20 World Cup Chief, Nick Hockley is all set to take over from Kevin Roberts on an interim basis while an International search for chief is conducted to find a permanent replacement.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Kevin Roberts resigned on Tuesday after the organization board demanded a leadership “reset” as the anger of the board immersed over Roberts’s poor handling of the coronavirus crisis. Roberts’s departure makes him the third Australian Chief to fall on his sword during the pandemic, after Rugby Australia’s Raelene Castle and the National Rugby League’s Todd Greenberg.
CA Chairman Earl Eddings said that T20 World Cup Chief Nick Hockley would take over the responsibility from Roberts on a temporary basis while an International search was conducted for a permanent replacement.
“Kevin feels, and the board agrees, that now’s the right time for new leadership at Cricket Australia to reset the organization to bounce back from COVID-19,” Eddings told reporters. Eddings refused to give reasons why Roberts was takin an exit halfway through his three-year contract.
However, former Australian Wicketkeeper Ian Healy said Roberts had lost the confidence of officials involved in the game by over-reacting to the financial risks caused by the deadly virus.
“He’s led a panic, a very premature panic, on the pandemic for no great reason and no reason he’s been able to explain transparently to the states and the players,” Healy told Melbourne’s SEN radio.
Kevin Roberts, in order to control financial loss, has laid off most of Cricket Australia’s staff & tried to sledge budgets to state bodies & players by arguing that the revenues would be hit hard by the virus. Cricket Australia said that a restructuring plan for all levels of Cricket in Australia would be released this week.