After convincing the then-incumbent board members of Cricket South Africa (CSA) to resign last month, Member Council had now a conflict with the interim board, which was formed to work in collaboration to achieve necessary change within the organization. However, Member Council, in the statement released by them, said that if they had continued to work with the interim board, they would have “failed to ensure that it acts in the public interest at all times.”
It has been over one year since Cricket South Africa CEO Thabang Moroe was suspended. And subsequently, when in August the financial misconduct was reported which lead to the intervention of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, who asked the board members to stand down in September. But nothing seems to come to agree to resolve the crises in South African cricket.
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One of the reasons which CSA’s Member Council had raised concern was over the inclusion of Haroon Lorgat, who is former CSA CEO, in the interim board. They have submitted the written letter to the sports minister Nathan Mthethwa for why they are breaking down with the interim board.
The Member Council stated: “…..conflict of interest relating to a proposed member of the Interim Board; opposition to outlined roles, responsibilities and reporting lines as outlined in the Memorandum of Incorporation; unprofessional conduct; non-cooperation; and misalignment.”
Retired judge Zak Yacoob, chairman of the interim board, responded to CSA’ Member Council’s statement by calling them ‘obstructionist.’
“The current situation is untenable and we are thus dismayed to be in receipt of what we can only describe as an obstructionist, legalistic letter from the Members’ Council while we have tried to put structures in place and hold individuals within CSA to account. We are of the view that the conduct of the Members’ Council is an attempt to stymie the work of our Board,” Yacoob said.
However, the conflict will not affect England‘s tour to South Africa, which include three ODIs and three T20Is.