New Zealand Cricket (NZC) deputy chief executive Anthony Crummy has resigned as the board struggles to overcome the financial impact of COVID-19. He has reportedly bid adieu to the NZC headquarters in Auckland last week.
New Zealand might have become the nation with zero novel coronavirus infections, but the country is not free from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which has put the world behind a lockdown.
Crummy’s resignation comes amidst the NZC removing 12 of its 80 (15%) payroll staffers to minimise the financial burden in anticipation of poor budgetary predictions.
According to the Stuff.co, more job losses are not ruled out in NZC. Chief executive David White has confirmed those job cuts to Stuff last week as it seeks to save up to $6 million, although he wouldn’t comment on how many or which roles.
Crummy vacates the office following a five-year stint since he had moved into the NZC after managing the 2015 ICC World Cup operations. “I’ve been at NZC five years and loved every minute of it and focused on some pretty big projects. I finished one of those [projects] and thought it might be time, so I had that chat pre-Covid. The time is right for me,” he said.
“People have made that connection with the timing but I’ve been thinking about what I do next for a couple of months.”
Crummy also added NZC is “well placed” to tackle the financial challenges all sporting organisations are facing. “It’s tough times and there’s going to be an impact as David has said on the record. It’s been navigated really well so far and I’m sure it will in the future.”
However, New Zealand men’s and women’s teams and staff won’t be affected due to these austerity measures.
Cricket Australia may also see job cuts as CEO Kevin Roberts has said last week that job losses were “unavoidable” despite the lucrative A$300 million tour by India likely going ahead.