Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley. (File)
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley. (File)

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley on Sunday said it has got the police involved after a confidential report on alleged drug use by a “well-known” player was leaked to the media.

It was reported of receiving a recording of a phone call between a woman, who described herself as a “high-class” escort, and Cricket Australia’s former integrity chief, Sean Carroll, in which she alleged a player was using cocaine and dancing naked on the balcony with numerous woman.

Cricket Australia's CEO Nick Hockley Image Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
Cricket Australia’s CEO Nick Hockley Image Source: Getty Images AsiaPac

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley Reported Unsubstantiated Historical News On Alleged Drug Abuse By A Player To Victoria Police

Nick Hockley has dubbed the allegations surrounding the former player as “unsubstantiated” and “historical”.

“I saw the article this morning. Those reports are unsubstantiated,” Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockey told reporters.

“They are historical. Any stealing of confidential information is a crime. We have reported it and are getting assistance from Vic Police. It’s really important people are able to contact our integrity line in full confidence that it is going to be kept secure. Certainly our processes, we review them regularly, to ensure they are absolutely best practice,” ricket Australia CEO Nick Hockey said.

Australia Captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)
Australia captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)

The recording had been sent to the paper via an encrypted email service from an anonymous address. The source of the leak claimed to be a former CA staffer “who wanted to expose flaws in its integrity unit”. Sean Carroll left CA a year ago.

The leak comes just over a month after Tim Paine resigned as Test captain on the eve of the Ashes 2021/22 and later stepped away from all forms of cricket after it came to light that he was investigated for a sexting incident with a Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017. Australia is playing the third Ashes Test in Melbourne today against England.

Pat Cummins was later appointed as team’s captain and Steven Smith was picked to be his deputy. Under Pat Cummins’ captaincy, Australia defeated England in the first Ashes Test by 9 wickets. Due to the pacer’s injury, Steve Smith captained Australia in the 2nd Test and Australia won that too by 275 runs.

Nick Hockley Confirms Cricket Australia Working Closely With Pakistan Cricket Board And Australia Committed To Tour After 24 Years

Nick Hockley, meanwhile, said CA is committed to sending its team to Pakistan in March next year despite fresh COVID-19 concerns over the omicron strain. Australia’s last tour to Pakistan took place 24 years ago, after which series between the two countries have only been played in Australia, UAE, and England because of security issues in Pakistan.

“We just had a (CA management) team go over to Pakistan. We are working closely with the PCB and all the authorities. It’s a really complex endeavour, we are very committed to touring. It is absolutely our intention to tour as long as it is safe to do so,” Hockley said.

Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP

In the 3rd Ashes Test, England batted first and was bowled out for only 185 with skipper Joe Root scoring 50. Pat Cummins on his Test return picked up 3 wickets while Mitchell Starc picked up 2 wickets. Debutant Scott Boland and Cameron Green picked up a wicket each. Spinner Nathan Lyon also picked 3 wickets. Australia has already scored 57 losing the opener, David Warner, for 38.

Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley said on Sunday police were assisting the governing body after a confidential report made to its anti-corruption unit was leaked to the media. It was not clear when the phone call took place.