Cricket Australia (CA) has sacked CEO Kevin Roberts accusing him for creating the financial mess due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Media reports said that Roberts succeeded James Sutherland into the role in October 2018 and his rein lasted just 20 months during which he oversaw the highly successful ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 earlier this year.
Chairman of Cricket Australia (CA) EarlEddings announced Roberts’ departure after the latter handed in his resignation.
Nick Holey, the CEO of the T20 W0rld Cup local organizing committee, will take over as the interim CEO effective immediately.
Eddings said in a statement that “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,” he added.
Furthermore he 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 had come under fire for his botched response to the financial crisis arising due to the coronavirus pandemic that saw CA putting 80 percent of their staff on 20 percent pay till June end while a handful of executives remained on 80 percent pay.