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Players OK with CSA board

2012-10-25 20:35

Johannesburg - The SA Cricketers' Association (SACA) has expressed dismay at the latest setback in the appointment of a new cricket board.

Players were asking how this could be happening, SACA chief executive Tony Irish said on Thursday.

"Our cricketers have been patient through all of the problems and have given Cricket SA [CSA] their support and a fair opportunity to fix things," he said.

"Now, quite frankly, they are angry with this setback for what appears to be 'political' reasons."

CSA was to vote in a new board of 11 members at its annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday.

It has already appointed five independent directors and said the other six would consist of five of the affiliates, and the CSA chief executive.

Last week, however, the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) raised an objection to the board structure, claiming it was contrary to SASCOC's membership requirements.

CSA has since postponed its AGM to November 30, by which time it was hoped the matter would be resolved.

Irish said the Nicholson inquiry recommended this restructuring in its report.

CSA had signed a memorandum of agreement with Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and SASCOC to put the changed board into effect, and the changes had been publicly announced.

"As a result, public and stakeholder confidence in cricket has been slowly but surely restored and sponsors have been prepared to come back into the game," Irish said.

"Now, however, at the 11th hour, it has all been put on hold with the threat that the progress made will be derailed and another structure put in place."

Irish said there were good people in cricket, including CSA's current leaders, who had tirelessly worked to make changes to turn cricket into one of the best-administered sports in the country.

"We have a world class team. The players expect the administration of the game, and in particular the CSA board, to aspire to the same high standards in the governance of the game," he said.

"We urge SASCOC and the current CSA board to proceed with the [previously] announced board structure and the formal appointment of the independent and provincially elected directors."

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Comments
  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-25 20:42

    Norman Arendse has been one of he vocal advocate of transformation in Cricket ,without his voice the likes of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Philander, Alviro would have been overlooked.....it's only fair that they include him.

      bj.pieman - 2012-10-25 20:46

      He's already stuffed up the Zim cricket team, want him to do the same to ours?

      gavinnovis - 2012-10-25 21:11

      Respectfully Tumisang, this issue has got nothing to do with fairness. The likes of Lonwabo, Vernon, Alviro, JP, Hashim would always have made the grade because of their talents and hard work. Cricket belongs to the players and the fans - with the ICC as custodians - not SASCOC or any other individuals, who regularly present themselves with political agendas and bias. A worst case scenario for everyone to consider, is the distinct possibility of the ICC suspending CSA membership from the world body because of political interference, the withdrawal of sponsors, and mass exodus of players and coaches.

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-10-26 06:41

      You're still a fraud, tumisang.

      fidel.damons - 2012-10-26 09:33

      Tumisang - do you really believe Norman Arendse is good for the game? I am sorry but he was a bully. He wanted to be coach, captain, selector and president of cricket in SA. He is only serving his own interests. And if you didn't know, he was ousted in 2008 after which all those players you mentioned were selected, so argument that those players would not have had the opportunity is absolute nonsense. We don't need transformation at the top of cricket but rather at grass roots level. That is where the opportunities should be created not at senior international level.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-10-25 21:10

    The players should concentrate of getting rid of their choking ability.Abolish the whole structure, start afresh and new, there is still tentacles of the previous board within the new board, same people who pass motion of no confidence to guys fighting corruption. Fishy smelling here.

  • Jacques - 2012-10-26 09:43

    Makes you wonder who in our domestic admin is crooked if sascoc(ups) all of a sudden demands more provincial representation on a board already representing each union...

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