AFL's Alistair Nicholson now defending Australia's cricketers



Monday, December 19, 2016, began for Alistair Nicholson when he read his own emails in the newspaper.

They were part of an 18-month-old email chain involving him as chief executive of the Australian Cricketers’ Association discussing with Cricket Australia officials concerns with the pregnancy clause in contracts for women’s cricketers, whose disclosure had caused CA some embarrassment.

“Interesting,” he thought — a muddled and slightly lame ­attempt to shift or share responsibility for the controversial clause. Was he annoyed? “Yes — my personal point is that you don’t leak somebody’s emails to the press,” he says.

“But I still had a role as CEO, and we had a scheduled meeting.”

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