“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, following his appointment.
“As Australia’s national sport, cricket is at the heart of our national and cultural identity. 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.”
As an interim CEO, Hockley had to face issues like cutbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a legal battle with broadcaster Channel Seven, and issues that cropped up due to border closures. Despite the uncertainty, CA managed to deliver a full Women’s Big Bash League in that was organised in Sydney, followed by an entire Women’s National Cricket League.
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Speaking of the challenges the board have faced over the past year he said, "It has been extremely rewarding to be part of CA, State and Territory Associations and the Australian Cricketers' Association working together like never before over the past 12 months, to overcome the challenges presented by Covid-19 and deliver a summer for the ages. I look forward to building on this momentum and playing my role in deepening those relationships further, as well as playing a leading role in growing the game internationally alongside fellow ICC members.”
Earl Eddings, Chairman of CA, while congratulating Hockley on his appointment said, “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.”
“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.”
Before joining the team as General Manager, Commercial and Marketing for the ICC Men’s 2015 World Cup, Hockley served as a Head of Commercial Negotiations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was also the CEO of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee that delivered an unprecedented World Cup in Australia.