CSA president resigns

2012-03-14 19:49

Johannesburg - Acting Cricket SA (CSA) president AK Khan has resigned from his post, he said on Wednesday night.

"I think it's time for change and for new leadership," said Khan.

"I'm going back to grass roots cricket, and I hope to be able to contribute again at club level."

Khan said he announced his resignation at a CSA management committee meeting (MANCOM) here.

His resignation comes three days before a CSA board meeting, at which its provincial presidents are expected to decide the fate of CSA CEO Gerald Majola.

Khan said he hoped new leaders would help cricket's governing body to find its feet after two years of negative media coverage, and a struggle to find sponsorships for domestic competitions and international tours at home.

"New people will have fresh ideas," he said.

"I am confident the game will overcome this one negative aspect."

Earlier on Wednesday, Dennis Cruywagen, who called himself a close associate of the CEO, said in a statement that Majola would ask the MANCOM for a three month leave of absence.

Majola has been at the centre of a long-running bonus saga after he and 39 other members of CSA staff received payments for hosting the 2009 Indian Premier League.

An inquiry, led by retired judge Chris Nicholson, recommended to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula last week that Majola be suspended for 180 days, pending the conclusion of a disciplinary hearing, and repay the R1.75 million he received of the bonus payments.

Last year, a KPMG report found that Majola may have breached the Companies Act on at least four occasions after he failed to clear the bonuses through the CSA remuneration committee.

He was reprimanded twice, but was ultimately cleared, after an internal inquiry and the independent audit.

Former CSA president Mtutizeli Nyoka was given a vote of no confidence after he repeatedly called for an independent investigation into the bonus payments.

After reading the report released by the Nicholson inquiry, Khan said on Tuesday that the CSA board had not taken sides throughout the bonus saga.

"The board has always backed cricket and not any individual," he said.

"I have studied that part of the report very carefully and I think it is a bit unfair and untrue to say that there was a cover-up."

Meanwhile, CSA audit and risk committee chairman John Blair also resigned from his post.

Khan and Blair announced their resignations three days before a CSA board meeting at which its provincial presidents are expected to decide the fate of Majola.


  • Irene - 2012-03-14 20:02

    Take Majola with you but only after BOTH of you have paid back the money.

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-14 22:08

      I agree I hope even though he has resigned and a hearing does takes place for Majola that he is called in as a witness he's being clever by resigning walk away with money and all they all resign when the sh*t hits the fan thinking they can just move on into another job he obviously can afford to resign!!

  • Atholl - 2012-03-14 20:06

    Domino Dancing this is double SIX is it ? next to go will be double FIVE, then double FOUR ... till you get to double BLANK

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-14 20:20

    Now give the cash back so some deserving kids are givin the chance to uplift themselves from poverty. You are a damned disgrace. Behaving like criminals, like kids in a candy store . You old B*sta*rds are in positions to grow this country and all you did was line your pockets. The Freedom fighters of the past would turn in their graves if they can see SOME of our black, Indian and Coloured leaders squandering our opportunity to build this country into a Superpower it should have been if Mr. Cecil John Rhodes was never born. We just need good honest leaders. Surely you old guys who lived through the worst of Apartheid regime would be most motivated to show them we can NOT only DO IT, WE CAN DO IT BETTER. Finally you are ......."As useful as a Fly on a Turd"

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-14 20:46

    Not a minute too soon and now for 'the return to basics/honesty'... Take Gerald with you..... of is hy net dikvel

      Dawood - 2012-03-14 20:54

      the whole lot are and were corrupt..including Ali Bacher..the lot stole rugby Louis Luyt even stole the safe..His son in law was accused of stealing R3.5 mil..So profiling is incorrect

  • sakhikhaya.dlala - 2012-03-14 21:16

    It's about time the whole CSA board voetseked to save themselves from embarrassment because I have this feeling that Majola will be found guilty and he wont want to go down alone. I smell MajolaBlackmail :)

  • Clifford - 2012-03-14 23:06

    Better late than never. The rest of the Board members should follow suit. Only a new Board will be acceptable to the cricketing public. Viva Nyoka!

  • David - 2012-03-14 23:36

    Good riddance - they must all quit, and fresh blood be brought in. It must be people who have CRICKET at heart, and not their pockets.

  • springbokke - 2012-03-15 01:44

    And when all is said and done ....the New Zealand tour continues. ..Hey Biff, . keep the flag flying.

  • Roy - 2012-03-15 05:55

    And good riddance to you. Now we must hope that the rest of CSA takes the hint,especially Majola,and all resign for the better of cricket.

  • Paddy - 2012-03-15 06:25

    Is he going to be another Malema? Start all over again and drag the sorry saga out as long as possible. Get out completely you clown. Nobody needs you at grass roots level. "The board has always backed cricket". Ja, well, no fine.......

  • Derk - 2012-03-15 07:35

    So now Ali Baba has gone please take your 40 thieves with you

  • Erich - 2012-03-15 07:47

    One down, a few more to go.

  • Lalitha - 2012-03-15 10:31

    the tribe has spoken - majola please leave

  • chiepner - 2012-03-15 13:20

    Khan - you should not have done what you did in the first place. Backing a crook to stay employed is just as bad as going to a whore house for just a hug. First of all it always back fires on you and when it does your tjommie tends to fend for himself and forget about you - one thing I have to give you is that you now did the honorable thing and resigned unlike your little thiefing friend who would rather take extra 3 months paid leave and then most probly try to negotiate a golden handshake.

      John - 2012-03-16 03:59

      100% correct Clintleeh. The lot of them at CSA should be sacked now. The old bad apple in the box...Mapoephol on the other hand should be tarred and feathered and not be getting another 3 mnths pay. What must the rest of the worlds cricketing bodies think of us? I shudder at the thought.

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