Cricket Business : Cricket Australia’s CEO Kevin Roberts on his way out

Cricket Australia’s (CA) board is on the cusp of removing Kevin Roberts as chief executive after a tumultuous chapter that has disappointed stakeholders and left staff deeply disgruntled.

According to the new coming in from the CA’S headquarters, Roberts though is yet to be given his marching orders, but soon he will be shown the door. CA’s board is expected to meet during the next 24 hours to discuss interim measures as they seek to hit the reset button and mend relationships that have strained during recent months.

CA on his way – tumultuous stint as CEO of the board

Roberts was appointed in October 2018 following James Sutherland’s 17-year tenure. The pressure on Roberts has steadily increased since April 16, when he shocked staff by informing them that the vast majority would be stood down for the rest of the financial year.

CEO’S Controversial decisions

– Around 200 staff were stood down on reduced hours in April. 

– Justin Langer demoted to part-time coach. Coach and support staff around both national teams are expected to be among those shown the door this Wednesday.

– States were told that their grants would be slashed. New South Wales & Queensland have shown displeasure

– Projected the financial situation very bleak – but the reality is opposite to the same

– 150 people have been laid off by state associations because of the decision making of the coach

– Players unhappy because the projections given to them were off by $200m. The governing body has since debated its financial position and projections with the players’ union and state associations, seeking to cut costs by 25 per cent across the board.

All of this put together has put CEO’S job on line and according to the grapevine – the board can give the marching orders to Roberts as soon as before the end of this week.