Nick Hockley has been promoted to the role of the permanent Chief Executive of Cricket Australia from holding the interim position for almost a year. He was given the temporary position last June following the sacking of Kevin Roberts during the fallout to CA’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Apart from the pandemic and the cuts the board had to make as its effects, Nick Hockley also dealt with a battle with host broadcaster Channel Seven, the issues were there even till the beginning of the India series, along with Men and Women Big Bash tournaments, and a full state summer.
“As Australia’s national sport, cricket is at the heart of our national and cultural identity. 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,” the new CEO said.“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.“I look forward to building on this momentum and playing my role in deepening those relationships further, as well as playing a leading role in growing the game internationally alongside fellow ICC members,” he added.
Nick Hockley has already proven himself to be in the very top echelon of sports administrators: CA chairman
Before the pandemic, Nick Hockley delivered a successful, and record-breaking Women’s T20 World Cup – with the final hosting about 85,000 spectators at the MCG. He had previously worked on the 2015 Men’s World Cup as well, and was also involved in the 2012 London Olympics.
On the permanent appointment of Nick Hockley, Earl Eddings, the CA chairman, said:
“Nick’s contribution to Australian Cricket has been immense and on behalf of the board, I am most pleased to confirm his appointment as CEO, which was unanimously endorsed by the board. From delivering the historic T20 Women’s World Cup to ensuring a safe and successful 2020-21 season, Nick has already proven himself to be in the very top echelon of sports administrators both in Australia and around the world.“Nick was named interim CEO at an incredibly challenging period for Australian sport, and society in general, and there were many instances where the once-in-a-generation obstacles in his path must have seemed overwhelming. But through his leadership, resolve, worth ethic and vision for the game, Australian Cricket emerged stronger than ever. For that, Nick deserves enormous credit.”
Nick Hockley was born in the UK and represented England in rugby at the student level before shifting his base to Australia to pursue a career in corporate finance.
Coming to the Australian team, Aaron Finch’s side will travel to the West Indies and then Bangladesh for limited-overs matches before the T20 World Cup. Post that, Tim Paine will lead the side into the home Test against Afghanistan and the high-profile Ashes against England.