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Kevin Roberts appointed as Cricket Australia CEO

ANI | Updated: Oct 03, 2018 14:48 IST

Melbourne [Australia], Oct 3 (ANI): Cricketer-turned-business executive Kevin Roberts has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cricket Australia (CA).
The 46-year-old will replace the former CEO James Sutherland who had formally stepped down from the post after holding the position since 2001.
Reflecting on his appointment, Roberts said that he is privileged to be handed over with the responsibility and he further thanked the board for giving him the opportunity.
"It is a great privilege and responsibility to lead and serve the cricket community as CEO of Cricket Australia. I thank the Board for this opportunity and look forward to commencing in the role," quoted Roberts, as saying.
Speaking about his responsibilities, the newly-appointed CEO asserted that he would be looking to overcome the challenges faced by the board along with providing the best experience with those who watch the game and those who play the game.
"It's also true that the game and Cricket Australia have faced some difficult times recently, but we will bounce back, just as our organisation has overcome challenges on and off the field many times in its proud history," he said.
"Under my leadership, we will be deeply committed to providing the best experiences of cricket to everyone who watches the game or plays the game, and we will work closely with our broadcasters and commercial partners to deliver on that commitment," he added.
Expressing his views on Robert's appointment as CEO, the chairman of the CA, David Peever, claimed that he is the best candidate for the organization.
"Kevin is the best candidate for our organisation and has been given a clear mandate by the Board to deliver our strategy to ensure cricket maintains a strong and sustainable foothold in sport locally and globally," he said.
"Given the complexity of the role and the increasing challenges facing our sport, the Board concluded that an internal candidate with first-hand experience driving strategic transformation and engagement at CA would be best placed to help ensure continued success for Australian cricket," he added.
Robert played a total 23 first-class games and 18 domestic matches New South Wales Cricket Team between 1994 and 1998 before attaining the managerial position with various global sportswear brands. (ANI)