As a cost reduction drive due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, Cricket Australia has broken up its ties with the head of female engagement Sarah Styles, including 40 staffers being laid off in the wake of financial crises.
The Cricket Australia’s decision to let her go came just three months after Meg Lanning’s side lifted the T20 World Cup with over 86,000 fans watching at the MCG.
“Cricket Australia has been a pioneer in female engagement in sport and Sarah has been at the forefront of that strategy,” CA said in a statement to The Sydney Morning Herald.
“While we are sorry to see Sarah go, her work embedding female engagement across the organisation means we are well placed for continued success.”
Gender Equity Victoria director Styles will stay in the organisation until the completion of the third “Press for Progress” report, which evaluates Australian Cricket’s progress in making the game country’s leading sport for women and girls.
“A cross-functional committee sponsored by the executive team will continue to oversee this strategy,” stated the governing body after Styles’ departure.
According to CA, five of its 11 executives and three of its nine-member board are women, denoting representation of women in its workforce.
The governing body had also let go with its long-time batting assistant Graeme Hick.