Cricket Australia today confirmed Kevin Roberts has quit as Chief Executive after days of speculation.
The Cricket Australia Board has accepted his resignation and announced the appointment of Nick Hockley, currently Chief Executive of the ICC T20 World Cup, as Interim Chief Executive, effective immediately.
Chairman Earl Eddings said Cricket Australia would conduct an international search for a new chief executive to lead the organisation as cricket prepares to spring back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The leadership change comes ahead of an operational reset for the organisation to be detailed later in the week. The Executive and Board have been preparing an amended FY21 plan in response to COVID-19 and to reinvigorate cricket in a changed operating environment.
Eddings said: “Cricket, like all national sports, has been going through a period of significant change and – in recent months we have had the added uncertainty delivered by COVID-19.
“The entire cricket community has been affected and difficult decisions have been – and will continue to be necessary – to ensure that cricket at every level is in the best shape it can be now and in the future.
“It is essential that Cricket Australia continues to provide strong leadership and works constructively with everyone who has an interest in the future of the game – the players, all employees, the state associations, commercial partners and supporters.”
Eddings thanked Roberts for his service to cricket during his eight years at CA, initially as a board member and more recently as Chief Executive – a period that saw Roberts contribute strongly to the highly successful Women’s T20 World Cup, record levels of funding directed to community cricket and breakthroughs in areas such as gender pay equity and participation.
“Kevin has worked tirelessly since taking on the role in difficult circumstances in 2018, and particularly during the challenges of the past few months,” Eddings said. “He is a man of principle who has always put the best interests of cricket first. We wish him all the best for his future.”
Roberts said: “It’s been a privilege to lead and serve the sport I love as CEO of Cricket Australia. Our team of staff and players are outstanding people who contribute so much to the game and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together. I’d like to thank the army of volunteers in communities across the country who are the lifeblood of our sport, enabling kids to experience the game and to dream about emulating their heroes in our national teams. As a lifelong and passionate member of the cricket community, I look forward to seeing the game thrive into the future.”
Eddings said Hockley had earned the respect of the cricket community through his leadership of ICC T20 World Cup and would be able to hit the ground running.
Eddings said: “We are optimistic about cricket’s present and its future and, together with our partners across the States and Territories and the players, we look forward to hosting a summer of cricket that will be great for the game and great for the nation.”