Interim Cricket Australia chief Nick Hawkley says he intends to repair the broken relationship and to ensure everyone is “pointing in the right direction” after accepting the top job at the troubled organization. Kevin Roberts angrily tackling the coronovirus crisis assumed the hot seat last week following the resignation of Kevin Roberts over his tenure. Roberts laid off most of Cricket Australia’s staff and attempted to budget state bodies and players, arguing that the revenue would be much tougher than the virus.
But there was widespread shock after it became clear that most of Australia’s home seasons, including a lucrative Test series against India, were likely to go ahead.
Hawkley has done his hands full to please the players and staff. “I think I want to sit with every single person,” he said.
In a Q&A on Cricket Australia website, he said, “I’m really looking forward to finding out how everyone’s feelings are, and I’m starting to understand that.”
“Everyone wants a solution and with every bit of clarity we can really get help. The challenge is that time is the essence to solve all. And we owe it to the game to solve it.”
The day after Roberts left, Cricket Australia laid off 40 jobs, or some 15 percent of the workforce, aimed at saving Aus $ 40 million (US $ 27.6 million).
The governing body said it was concerned about more financial setbacks this year, with smaller crowds expected and COVID-19 kept at bay to spend extra on security measures.
All planned Sheffield Shield and Twenty20 Big Bash League matches will continue but Australia A Tour and Cricket Australia XI games have been halted.
There is also uncertainty as to whether Australia can host the T20 World Cup this year amid the global epidemic.
Hawkley, who heads the T20 World Cup, said that “it is important to point everyone in the same direction”.
“And I’m very clear on priorities, which are focused on getting teams back to work, reaching out to all our stakeholders and coming together, and delivering this summer.”
An international search is underway for a permanent appointment from former England captain Andrew Strauss to former Australian football chief David Gallop with a series of postponed candidates in the local press.
Hawkley, who worked with the 2015 Cricket World Cup Organizing Committee and the 2012 London Olympic team earlier, was asked if he needed a full-time job.
He said, “My approach throughout my career has been to focus on doing the best work that I have been assigned and to focus on the future myself. And I will continue to take that approach,” he said .