No tougher time: Former ICC chief likens Cricket Australia boss’ job to new spinner facing Kohli

Former International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed thinks Cricket Australia’s interim top boss Nick Hockley’s job is comparable to a new spinner facing India captain Virat Kohli on debut.

Former CA chief Kevin Roberts resigned on Tuesday and was replaced by T20 World Cup chief executive Hockley in an interim role amid the financial crisis the board are facing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It seems to me he lost the respect and trust of the players. As an old mentor once said to me: ‘respect and trust are like virginity; once you’ve lost them they’re mighty hard to get back,’” Speed said on SEN radio.

“I think that’s what happened to Kevin. He lost trust and respect. When he came into the job he had time to work on that. That didn’t go very well. Then he stumbled, he didn’t deliver the message very well.”

Roberts, who had a difficult last three months, had earlier received flak for his role in the bitter pay dispute with players in 2017. A difficult road now lies ahead for Hockley, who will have to earn the trust of different stakeholders, including the states, players and staff, many of whom have been affected by the economic fallout of the…

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