Jordaan to head up EP cricket
Max Jordaan (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa's transformation and relationship manager Max Jordaan has been put in charge of Eastern Province Cricket (EPC) as interim administrator, CSA said on Monday.
"CSA will immediately oversee the administrative responsibilities which will include the test match starting on 20 February until a new board is elected," CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.
"We have appointed Max Jordaan as the interim administrator in line with article 10.6 of our MOI (memorandum of incorporation).
"Following a largely unnecessary and costly process, we welcome the arbitration rulings of Judge Frank Kroon and will now implement these."
Among his findings, Kroon said the election of the EPC board, at an adjourned annual general meeting on October 26 last year, was invalid and should be set aside.
An annual general meeting had to be reconvened for the sole purpose of electing a new board.
CSA stepped in last October to resolve the EPC board's wranglings after ousted president Graeme Sauls vowed to fight back when his fellow executive directors voted to uphold allegations levelled against him in August.
Some of the claims against Sauls, who held the job for 10 months, included accepting the CEO's resignation in June without board approval, hiring a new development coach without board approval, and the procurement of new cricket balls without following the correct processes.
His position was filled, temporarily, by risk and audit director Malcolm Figg, until a new president was to have been elected at the board's AGM in September.
However, the power struggle continued after Rajan Moodaley, a convicted fraudster, was the only nomination for the post.
In 2004, Moodaley was found guilty by the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crime Court on five counts of fraud involving R79,950, after claiming payment from the EPC board, CSA, and the SA Cricket Scorers' Association for scoring duties he did not perform.
He was fined R30,000 or two years' imprisonment, with a further two years' imprisonment suspended for five years.
Given the gravity of the situation in which the cricket union found itself, and the adverse effects on the administration of the game in the region, the board exercised its step-in rights in terms of the CSA's memorandum of incorporation.