February 28, 2021 | 6:01 AM IST
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Nick Hockley is Cricket Australia’s interim CEO

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 World Cup Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nick Hockley took over as the Cricket Australia (CA) CEO on Tuesday. Hockley took the charge after Kevin Roberts stepped down on demand of the cricket board stating that they wanted a leadership ‘reset’.

In an official statement, 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.”

He added, “As a lifelong and passionate member of the cricket community, I look forward to seeing the game thrive into the future.”

CA Chairman Earl Eddings said that Hockley would take over on an interim basis while an international search was conducted for a permanent replacement. 

Eddings added, “Kevin feels, and the board agrees, that now's the right time for new leadership at Cricket Australia to reset the organisation to bounce back from COVID-19.”

Hockley has had an impressive career and has served the post of ICC T20 WC Chief since 2017 and oversaw the dedicated Local Organising Committee responsible for coordinating all aspects of standalone Women’s and Men’s T20 World Cups. He also has an experience of senior commercial roles with the organising committees of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

Incidentally, Roberts has been accused of mishandling CA’s finances and laid off almost 80% of the staff in April during the pandemic. Roberts took over the post in October 2018 and his three-year contract would have ended in 2021.

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