The under-pressure Roberts is wearing the lion’s share of criticism among stakeholders. Such is the intense scrutiny on him and his performance as CA’s frontman, there were even suggestions on Sunday from well-connected figures in the game his position was in such doubt he may not see out the month.
Any such decision would be in the hands of CA’s nine-member board led by Melbourne-based Earl Eddings. The chairman has not spoken publicly since Roberts warned of the game facing an imminent financial crisis two months ago and did not return a call from the The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Sunday or respond to a message asking him whether or not the CEO retained the support of directors. A spokeswoman for CA, however, said Roberts had the full backing of the board.
A legacy of mistrust between Roberts and the players’ union and, more recently, many of his own staff after their standing down, is a lingering issue for him, coupled with questions about how he has handled the game’s response to COVID-19.
It has contributed to Eddings himself shouldering a heavier load in internal affairs than a chairman ordinarily might, dealing regularly with ACA chairman Greg Dyer over financial forecasting and with state chairs after a call last week from NSW powerbroker John Knox to convene the rarely utilised Australian Cricket Council.