Cricket Australia ready to appoint first ever female CEO, claims Ellyse Perry

Cricket Australia (CA) supports the equal-pay model for both men and women cricketers and staff. The board is likely to appoint its first ever female CEO, claims national team all-rounder Ellyse Perry.

Perry’s comments come after Kevin Roberts stepped down from his role of chief executive after several months of criticism over his leadership emerging during the lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

CA accepted the resignation by Roberts and appointed Nick Hockley =as interim CEO to look over the T20 World Cup period with immediate effect. Hockley previously stood as head of commercial projects for the cricket board from June 2015 to March 2017. Other things in his CV include managing Cricket World cup as general manager (commercial and marketing) from October 2012 to June 2015.

The board is currently on the hunt for a permanent replacement for Roberts. During the hiring process, a few names have been rumored, with Western Australia Cricket Association chief Christina Matthews also in contention for the role.

Perry feels that the board is ready to appoint a female candidate to run the game for a long time. She also added that Mathews is in discussion with the board and Australia has already got a number of women with proven skills in the high executive roles.

“I think Cricket Australia has been ready for a female CEO for a long time,” Perry told reporters in a video call on Friday.

“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.” she added.

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