Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia's (CA) lead negotiator in last year's ugly pay dispute, has been promoted to the newly-created role of chief operating officer as the governing body rejigs its executive team in the aftermath of the ball tampering fiasco.
The structural change means Roberts, who was previously general manager of strategy, people and member services, is CA chief executive James Sutherland's formal second in-charge and likely successor. After the damaging ball tampering scandal, Sutherland was under public pressure to step down but has continued in the role - which he has held since 2001 - with the firm backing of the board.
CA's chief financial officer Todd Shand will now report to Roberts, who is set to gain more authority. Roberts is a former first-class cricketer and CA board director before joining its executive in 2015. He was thrust into the public spotlight during last year's contentious pay dispute after players were left disgruntled with Roberts' handling of the negotiations.
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