CSA dismisses media report
Chris Nenzani (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has rejected news reports suggesting the
organisation is in the process of concluding a deal with the Board of
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
"While we are engaged in
discussions with the ICC (International Cricket Council) and other
members, including the BCCI, to find an acceptable way forward, we have
not and will not consider deals that compromise our key principles and
integrity," CSA president Chris Nenzani said on Tuesday.
"This is a difficult time for global cricket and attempts to mislead and create confusion are not welcome.
vehemently denies any notion of deals being made with any other party.
On the contrary, we will seek to uphold good governance and our
professional approach to find solutions to the current proposals being
considered by all the member boards."
Reports in Business Day and
on Cricinfo website alluded to a deal being struck which would see,
among other things, CSA's chief executive Haroon Lorgat reintegrated
into his role as South Africa's top cricket administrator after he fell
out of favour with the BCCI last year.
Lorgat was forced to take a
back seat during India's abridged tour of South Africa in November 2013
and was also prohibited from attending ICC meetings or having any
direct dealings with the BCCI.
In exchange for him being able to
carry out his full duties, CSA would support the ICC's revamped proposal
-- put forward by the BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and
Wales Cricket Board (ECB) -- which would give more decision-making power
and a larger share of revenue to the three cricket boards.
ICC's current funding model distributes surplus revenues equally among
full members and, in smaller proportions, to its associate and affiliate
The new model rewards the biggest contributors towards
the ICC's revenues and would increase the BCCI's share of the pot from
4.2 percent to 21 percent as they generate more than 70 percent of the
Nenzani said in his statement on Tuesday: "We have
carefully considered the proposals and we have declared that we will
engage further with the ICC and other members to try and reach any
consensus ahead of Saturday's ICC Board meeting and that position still
"Naturally we want good relations with the ICC and all
its members, especially India, with whom we have always enjoyed a
special relationship, but we will exercise our responsibilities with due
care, skill and integrity and we will uphold the principles of good
CSA was one of four boards to be publicly opposed to
the new model and, in January, appealed to the ICC president Alan Isaac
to withdraw the proposal.
On Saturday, CSA issued a statement in
which Nenzani said he was confident of reaching an agreement with the
ICC leadership ahead of next Saturday's ICC board meeting.
remained one of the few countries still firmly opposed to the proposal
while Bangladesh had done an about-turn after being promised a number of
tours against the Big Three.
Voting on the ICC proposal was likely to take place at the next ICC meeting in Singapore on February 8.