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Breaking: Cricket Australia to fire Chief Kevin Roberts

Cricket Australia looks set to axe chief executive Kevin Roberts according to reports emerging from the Australian media.

As per the Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald, officials of the board are discussing the appointment of a temporary replacement. Roberts has been the face of the board as it tried to negotiate the tough circumstances brought to the fore by the coronavirus pandemic.

Roberts, who was earlier the chief operating officer of the board, was put given the job in late 2018. He had replaced James Sutherland, who was at the helm for 17 long years. According to the report the official announcement of Roberts’ departure is expected to come o Wednesday.

If Roberts, 47, loses his job he will join Rugby Australia and National Rugby League counterparts Raelene Castle and Todd Greenberg as casualties of the COVID-19 crisis.

Pressure has been increasing on Roberts ever since Cricket Australia decided to lay off a big number of its staff until mid-year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Other cost cutting measures, expected in the future, have left state boards fuming as well.

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