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Amid financial stress, Cricket Australia set to part ways with CEO Kevin Roberts

Cricket Australia has been at the receiving end over after its financial issues came to light in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

By: PTI | Sydney | June 15, 2020 5:51:01 pm
Darwin T20 Cricket League, Darwin T20 Cricket League 2020 Live, Darwin Premier Grade clubs and an Invitational XI, Northern Territory's 'Asia Cup' competition, cricket in a COVID-19 environment Cricket Australia has been at the receiving end over after its financial issues came to light in the wake of coronavirus outbreak (Reuters Representational image)

Cricket Australia (CA) is set to part ways with its chief executive Kevin Roberts, at a time when it is under severe financial stress in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ reported that Roberts’ departure will be announced later this week. The 47-year-old was contracted until the end of 2021 but has fallen out of favour with the CA board.

Roberts had taken over 20 months ago, succeeding James Sutherland who was chief executive for 17 years. He had taken over when Australian cricket was still grappling with the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018.

The newspaper reported that an interim replacement will be made soon.

Cricket Australia has been at the receiving end over after its financial issues came to light in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

It has faced stiff opposition from The Australian Players’ Association and a few state bodies over its cost-cutting and financial projections during the health crisis.

CA, which stood down more than 200 staff on 20 percent pay until June end , secured a loan of USD 50 million last month to cover the losses if India doesn’t tour Australia in the summer.

It is also the host of T20 World Cup in October-November but the ICC has not taken a final call on the tournament and is expected to take it next month.

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