Hockley confirmed as Cricket Australia CEO
Cricket Australia has confirmed Nick Hockley as their official CEO, having served in the role on an interim basis for the duration of the 2020-21 summer.
The former head of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, was made acting CEO when Kevin Roberts was removed in the middle of last year over his handling of the pandemic response.
CA has been interviewing other candidates in recent months but has settled on Hockley to hold down the position.
The English-born administrator has been widely praised for his ability to complete a home summer, including the BBL and the WBBL.
Hockley was born in Birmingham, trained as an accountant and worked in corporate finance in London before coming down to Australia for three years between 2002-05 where he met his wife.
He worked with the London Olympics before moving to the ICC, recently overseeing the Women's World T20 which was held in Australia in early 2020, the final of the tournament played in front of a record crowd of more than 86,000.
Hockley was delighted to secure the role, but was aware of some the challenges that face Australian cricket in the midst of a global pandemic.
"As Australia’s national sport, cricket is at the heart of our national and cultural identity," he said.
"I am under no illusion about the importance of cricket to the lives of so many Australians, nor the magnitude and responsibility of this role.
"Leading Cricket Australia is the greatest privilege of my working life and I am committed to doing all I can to making a positive contribution to the game and the community.
"Over the past 12 months, I have learnt first-hand about the breadth, scale and importance of the role.
"My approach has been and will continue to be to bring people across the game together, as I believe this is fundamental to achieving our full potential.
"It has been extremely rewarding to be part of CA, State and Territory Associations and the Australian Cricketers’ Association working together like never before over the past 12 months, to overcome the challenges presented by Covid-19 and deliver a summer for the ages.
Australia will host England in an Ashes series later this year and also face Afghanistan in a solitary Test in November before New Zealand and Sri Lanka arrive for limited overs series, while the women's side will face India and England in multi-format series.
IMAGE: Cricket Australia.