CA appoints CEO after 'impossible summer'

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley is confident about what the future holds for the sport despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Nick Hockley has been appointed Cricket Australia chief executive on a permanent basis after leading the governing body through an "impossible summer".

Almost a year after being selected as interim boss, Hockley has been formally announced by CA to continue in the top job.

The Englishman replaced Kevin Roberts on June 16, 2020 amid growing unrest about the sport's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hockley has shown a steady hand amid ongoing crises, guiding CA through a number of coronavirus complications during the 2020-21 home summer against India.

The New Year's Test was able to be played at the SCG, as planned, despite a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney's northern beaches which threatened to send the marquee match to Melbourne or Brisbane.

CA chair Earl Eddings said a "worldwide search" was conducted but Hockley was an unanimous choice by the board.

"I think what we've seen him deliver over the impossible summer, in some respects, him working with Australian cricket was able to deliver an outstanding result," Eddings said on Monday.

Former NRL and Football Australia chief executive David Gallop was among the candidates reportedly vying for the position.

Hockley arrived at CA after heading up the Twenty20 World Cup organising committee.

"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," Hockley said.

"The last 12 months, if it's taught me anything, it's what possible when the entire game comes together in united fashion.

"The change and complexity brought about by COVID-19 has created lots of challenges, but also plenty of opportunities.

"The opportunity now is to move from that kind of reacting to a crisis situation very much to proactive planning."

"My commitment is to continue a strong and inclusive style of leadership as we all strive to make cricket a sport for all Australians."

As well as dealing with ongoing COVID-19 challenges, Hockley will have to work through a new pay deal for players.

Negotiations between CA and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) turned ugly in 2017, with the dispute leaving both parties drained before the Memorandum of Understanding was finally signed.

Leadership is different on both sides this time around, with ACA boss Todd Greenberg already congratulating Hockley on securing his position.

"We're already starting to talk about what's important to the playing group, what's important to the game and those discussions will continue in the upcoming months," Hockley said.

"I think we're starting from a really strong footing."