The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has suspended the board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) for a one month period, during which an investigation will be conducted on the board. The board has been under heavy criticism for malpractice and maladministration. Also, last week 30 top players from the men’s and women’s national teams signed a letter criticizing the board for postponing CSA’s Annual General Meeting that had been scheduled for Sept. 5.
The CSA which is headed by former South African cricketer Graeme Smith, has been in an appalling financial situation for some time now, which has only worsened amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
CSA seeks middle grounds with the South African government on the suspension of the board
Cricket South Africa disagrees with the South African government’s intervention into the board’s matters. They have sought to seek legal advice on the basis of SASCOC’s strike on them. However, they would like to find a common ground with SASCOC for the better interests of cricket.
“CSA, including its Members’ Council, does not agree with the resolution taken by SASCOC and has not had the opportunity to engage with SASCOC on various issues raised in the communication.” CSA said in a press release.
“In addition, CSA is taking legal advice regarding the basis on which SASCOC has sought to intervene in the business affairs of CSA. CSA does, however, commit to engaging further with SASCOC to understand its position and to find common ground with it in the best interests of cricket. The Members’ Council and the Directors of the Board of CSA will hold a joint workshop this weekend to discuss critical matters.”
South African government to seize control of CSA
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) on Thursday, had asked the CSA board and senior executives to step aside from their roles pending an investigation into allegations of malpractice and maladministration.
“Many instances of maladministration and malpractice that have occurred since at least December 2019. This has manifestly caused great concern and consternation amongst your own members, former and current members of the national team of the Proteas, stakeholders, sponsors, and members of the cricket-loving public.”
“There can be no doubt that this has caused cricket to lose the trust and confidence of members of the public, stakeholders, sponsors and the players represented by SACA (the South African Cricketers’ Association). All this has brought cricket into disrepute.”
The battle between the South African government and the CSA would also be a worry for the South African team’s participation in international cricket. The ICC will further decide if it would allow South Africa to play international cricket until the legal dispute continues.