Kevin Roberts set to go as Cricket Australia looks for a solution

Desperation to end more than two months of instability for Cricket Australia is expected to lead to the exit of its chief executive Kevin Roberts, as the board reconsiders earlier plans for deep staff cuts to the governing body in light of a rapidly improving outlook beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

A major round of redundancies, perhaps consuming up to 20% of CA’s staff, was planned to take place this week, but this scenario is believed to have been undergoing revision in recent days amid a raft of good news about the outlook for sport next summer, including the opening of state borders and allowances for crowds at matches.

CA is facing rumblings of discontent from the broadcasters Fox Sports and Seven, who are eager to renegotiate their six-year, A$1.18 billion deal signed in early 2018. Unlike the AFL and NRL, however, there has not yet been any content lost, leaving only the Covid-19…

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