Johannesburg - The Cricket SA (CSA) board of directors have in principle accepted recommendations made by a ministerial inquiry, acting CSA president Willie Basson said on Friday.
Basson said after a board meeting in Johannesburg the body had decided to set up a steering committee, comprising board representatives as well as independent members to lead discussions on the governance structures of CSA.
"That was a major component part of the Nicholson report and a point of much discussion outside and inside South Africa and then of course worldwide, in New Zealand and England as well," said Basson.
"This was to follow up the resolution that was passed at the board meeting on March 17, at which the decision was taken to set up a steering committee to ensure that governance structures are put into place."
The members of the steering committee are Basson, Chris Nenzani, Archie Pretorius and Vuyo Ntswahlana (representing the board) and Rushdi Magiet, Shawn Christiansen, Alan Jordaan and Ashwin Desai (independents).
Basson said all CSA affiliates would be asked to provide input to the committee, which will provide guidelines for an indaba to be held later in the year involving the CSA board, sponsors and other stakeholders.
"This is a matter of urgency. I would like this matter to be finished before our annual meeting in September," said Basson.
The board decided to follow the guidelines of the Nicholson report in approaching the chairman of the Bar Council to appoint a senior counsel to chair the disciplinary inquiry of suspended CSA chief executive Gerald Majola.
The issue of the bonuses awarded to the suspended Majola and staff after the 2009 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was also discussed.
Basson said it was unanimously resolved that any decision in this regard should wait until the outcome of the disciplinary inquiry.
He said he had been encouraged and impressed by the unified and positive manner in which the board had tackled the recommendations of the Nicholson Committee.
"The key approach has been to make principled decisions with a sense of urgency and at the same time to act in the best interests of CSA," Basson said.