Having led Cricket Australia through the COVID-era, Nick Hockley has been given the responsibility of leading it out of the pandemic.
On Monday afternoon, the interim-CEO was confirmed as CA’s official boss.
“As Australia’s national sport, cricket is at the heart of our national and cultural identity,” Hockley 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.”
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Hockley, who was born in England and married an Australian, was General Manager, Commercial and Marketing for the ICC 2015 World Cup in Australia and then Head of Commercial Projects at CA before being appointed CEO of the record-breaking ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020.
He was then serving as CEO of the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in Australia later this year before being relocated to India due to COVID-19, and stepped from that role into the interim CEO of CA after Kevin Roberts’ departure in June, 2020.
Hockley survived one of his best early Tests, as CA’s summer of cricket, which was headlined by India’s remarkable series win, went off largely without a hitch.
“From community cricket to the international arena, Australian Cricket is in excellent shape, due to the hard work and dedication of thousands of volunteers, coaches, players, match officials and employees across the country, all of whom are an inspiration to me,” Hockley continued.
“I am extremely grateful for the support and trust of our partners and the millions of fans in Australia and around the world who cheer on our teams.
“We are committed to being an organisation which you can be proud of and a sport where everyone belongs.
“I would also like to thank the CA board for the faith they have placed in me to continue to lead CA at this important and exciting time for the sport.
“The change and complexity brought about by COVID-19 has created lots of challenges, but also plenty of opportunities.
“By working together with our partners across the game, I feel confident and optimistic about cricket’s ability to rise to the challenges of the modern world and thrive.”
2021-22 will see England travel Down Under for the highly anticipated Ashes series as Justin Langer’s men look to retain the Ashes for the first time since 2003.
CA chair Early Eddings said Hockley deserved a lot of credit for stepping into the role during the pandemic.
“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,” Eddings said today.
“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.”