Cricket

SASCOC to suspend CSA?

2012-10-24 19:30
Cricket SA (File)
Johannesburg - Issues around the composition of Cricket SA's (CSA) board have resulted in its annual general meeting (AGM) being postponed, CSA said on Wednesday.

"This has been done to bring about the necessary harmonisation between CSA's proposed governance structure, and the respective recommendation of the Nicholson committee of inquiry and CSA's SASCOC membership obligations," spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith said.

The AGM, scheduled for Saturday, would now take place on November 30, in terms of a special resolution passed by its members' forum.

The postponement follows a disagreement between the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and CSA over the board's restructuring.

CSA proposed the new-look board of 11 would include five independent members, while SASCOC wanted a larger representation from the cricket affiliates.

It was reported on Wednesday that if CSA did not comply with SASCOC's terms, it risked suspension from the sporting body. This could see the Proteas stripped of their national status.

SASCOC chief executive Tubby Reddy said this was "only the worst case scenario".

Recommendations made by the Nicholson committee of inquiry regarding the composition of the board were at the heart of the current impasse.

The committee, chaired by retired judge Chris Nicholson and appointed by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, recommended CSA's board be made smaller.

It was also suggested the majority of the board should consist of independent, professionally-skilled, non-executive directors.

CSA last week appointed five independent board members and was expected to elect five non-independents at Saturday's AGM.

Reddy said SASCOC had been on the steering committee and had stated its concern over the lack of representatives from cricket on the board.

"Sport needs to run sport and we said rather than five-and-five, a better balance would be three independents and seven from the sport," Reddy said.

CSA last Friday agreed the board would consist of five independents and nine non-independents, said Reddy.

"That would be for the interim of three years during which CSA will ensure that structures and geopolitical boundaries are in place," he added.

Reddy said there had been positive developments in CSA president Norman Arendse's complaint to SASCOC that he was overlooked for the position of board chairman.

The SASCOC head said CSA had agreed to arbitration to address Arendse's allegations.

He said CSA's willingness to postpone the AGM - coupled with the arbitration and compromise on the board composition - suggested their differences could be resolved without the threat of suspension.

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