Kevin Roberts unveiled as CA chief executive

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Internal experience was cited by Cricket Australia president David Peever as the reason for choosing Kevin Roberts as executive director of Cricket Australia, replacing James Sutherland after 17 years. Roberts, who led the CA side of the pay dispute with the Australian Cricketers Association last year, is a former first-class hitter with extensive management experience in the corporate sector.

But it was his time with CA, first as director of the board of directors from 2012 to 2015 and as senior executive in the last three years, which earned him the support of CA. One of his first statements of intent was to "deepen relations" both within CA and with its partners, including the ACA.

"Our position within the Australian community and as a representative on the world stage is key to our success," Peever said. "Kevin is the best candidate for our organization and the board has given him a clear mandate to carry out our strategy to ensure that cricket remains strong and sustainable in the sport locally and globally." Given the complexity of the role and The growing challenges facing us As far as sport is concerned, the board concluded that an internal candidate with first-hand experience leading strategic transformation and commitment in CA would be the best place to help ensure the continued success of Australian cricket.

"Kevin's vast corporate leadership experience in Australia and abroad, his leadership in the development and implementation of our strategy, his demonstrated ability to lead change through the transformation of the Single Team and his deep pedigree In cricket, both on and off the field, describe why Kevin was identified as the best candidate on a very strong list.

"Kevin will continue to focus on the implementation of our multimillion-dollar investment in community cricket, in addition to leading our commitment to create the best participation experiences to be the leading sport for women and girls." It is a great opportunity for a new executive director to lead the organization through its next exciting phase. "

The role was described as a privilege by Roberts. "It is a great privilege and responsibility to lead and serve the cricket community as CEO of Cricket Australia," he said. "One of the many things that I love about cricket as our national sport is its ability to unite people and inspire us, regardless of our age, gender or cultural origin Our success is made possible by the hard work of our employees and players. Cricket Australia, state and territorial cricket coaches and associations, along with the contribution of volunteers who are the lifeblood of our game in the community, I am inspired by many people who contribute so much to cricket in paid and unpaid roles, and I am passionate about helping them achieve continuous success.

"It is also true that the game and Cricket Australia have faced difficult times recently, but we will recover, just as our organization has overcome challenges on and off the field many times in its proud history. "We will be deeply committed to bringing the best cricket experiences to everyone who sees the game or plays it, and we will work closely with our broadcasters and business partners to fulfill that commitment."

Sutherland received a warm tribute from Peever. "When James concludes his extraordinary performance as CEO, he leaves a solid foundation to meet the future demands of our game," he said. "Thanks to James' leadership and the collective effort of hundreds of people throughout Australian cricket, the path has been set to meet the bold aspirations of growing cricket as Australia's favorite sport and a sport for all Australians."

The new executive director also received the public blessing of his predecessor. "I am confident that Kevin is ready to lead the Australian cricket in the next stage of growth of the sport, he has been a key member of our executive team in recent years and he gave me excellent support in my role. and I wish Him the best ".

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Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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