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Former England skipper Andrew Strauss has emerged as a surprise candidate to become CEO of crisis-ridden Cricket Australia following the resignation of Kevin Roberts. Cricket Australia has been in a financial mess since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. To deal with it, Roberts stood down 80 per cent the staff in April, reduced grants to the states and was negotiating for a new pay deal with players. Some of Roberts’ decisions were widely criticised and eventually led his ouster. According to a report in ‘The Australian’, an influential figure in Cricket Australia has asked 43-year-old Strauss to apply for the post. Strauss had served England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as a director of cricket between 2015 to 2018. After Roberts left, England-born Nick Hockley was roped in as interim replacement with the governing body searching to find the right candidate to serve as a full-time CEO. “One of the most important roles of the board is to appoint a CEO. We’ll take our time and do an extensive search here and overseas,” chairman Earl Eddings had told reporters this week.