CSA not upset at ICC snub

2013-07-09 13:25
Naasei Appiah (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) officials do not believe the board's recent problems with corporate governance had played any part in the country being snubbed for major cricket events in the next 10 years.

Issues arose after unauthorised bonuses were paid to CSA staff after South Africa's hosting of the 2009 IPL and Champions Trophy, which resulted in the dismissal of chief executive Gerald Majola, for whom a permanent replacement has yet to be found.

When the ICC last week announced the hosts of major cricket events for the next decade at its annual conference in London, South Africa was not on the list for any of the big events.

And according to the ESPNcricinfo website, it has led to a loss of stature for CSA at higher levels.

But the country's top bosses, however, denied that the woes of the CSA board had any effect on the ICC's scheduling.

"CSA enjoys a high standing with the ICC as our administration and organisation of major events has always been out of the top drawer," said Naasei Appiah, CSA's acting chief executive.

South Africa will only host two minor tournaments - the Under-19 World Cup in 2020 and the Women’s Twenty20 in 2022.

India, who hosted the last 50-overs-a-side World Cup in 2011, are scheduled to host it again in 2023, while they will also be hosting the World Twenty20 in 2016 and the World Test Championship in 2021.

England will get the inaugural World Test Championship in 2017 and the World Cup in 2019, while the World Twenty20 in 2020 will be played in Australia.

"We would obviously like to host more events but we have to bear in mind that we hosted three events in the previous decade, not to mention the IPL and the Champions League twice," Appiah said.

"Australia have only hosted the women's World Cup and the U-19 World Cup since they last hosted the World Cup in 1992, so they went through two decades without the main events. We are confident we will get our turn again in the following decade."

Appiah also agreed with the earlier notion that major sponsors believe they get more exposure in India and England and are therefore pressurising the ICC to stage big events in those countries, instead of snubbing South Africa for its boardroom woes.

Appiah also confirmed that South Africa will not lose out financially, as the profit-sharing agreement with the ICC should leave them well-heeled as long as the ICC continued to make money.

"Our share of ICC's net profit from events is 7.5%. Thus if the ICC secures its events in countries where there are significant commercial values, CSA stands to benefit as the distributions increases."

ICC programme:

World Twenty20 2016 - India
ICC World Test Championship 2017 - England
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - England
ICC World Twenty20 2020 - Australia
ICC World Test Championship 2021 - India
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 - India

The ICC qualifying events for 2015-2023:

ICC World Twenty20 qualifier 2015 - Ireland/ Scotland
ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier 2018 - Bangladesh
ICC World Twenty20 qualifier 2019 - Tender
ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier 2022 - Zimbabwe

Other ICC events for 2016-2023:

ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 - Bangladesh
ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 - England
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 - New Zealand
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 - West Indies
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 - South Africa
ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 - New Zealand
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 - West Indies
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2022 - South Africa

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