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Ellyse Perry, who is Australia women’s cricket team’s linchpin, has opined that a female should be nominated as the Cricket Australia chief. Her recommendation came after Kevin Roberts, on Tuesday, resigned from the CEO post. Meanwhile, T20 World Cup chief Nick Hockley has been appointed as the interim CEO.
Citing the examples of Belinda Clark and Steph Beltrame, who are at higher positions in the CA administration, Ellyse Perry said that there are a number of strong women who can take up the role of Cricket Australia CEO.
I think Cricket Australia has been ready for a female CEO: Ellyse Perry
“I think Cricket Australia has been ready for a female CEO for a long time. I know Chris (Matthews) was in discussions for the last round of hiring for the role. I don’t think it’s something that’s new. We’ve got a number of women working in high executive roles in Cricket Australia, Belinda Clark and Steph Beltrame to name a couple. They are absolutely pivotal in the way that we operate. So, yeah, I think there’s some really strong representation,”,” Perry told reporters in a video call on Friday (June 19).
Former Australia captain Clark runs community cricket, and Beltrame is the broadcasting and commercial portfolio in the executive team.
Kevin Roberts resigned for mishandling COVID-19 situation:
Meanwhile, Kevin Roberts resigned with immediate effect after his leadership was questioned amid the pandemic. He was under scrutiny since he imposed pay cuts on players and staff’s salaries. Some also said that he was exaggerating the financial strain. The state cricket associations had also criticised his decisions to handle the crises.
The Cricket Australia Chairman Earl Eddings had informed that the board added that they would conduct an international search for a suitable candidate to replace him.