Cricket SA 'now in good hands'

2012-03-20 19:37

Johannesburg - Cricket SA is now in good hands, according to the sole objector to the findings of the Khan Commission.

"I think we've got a very good acting president in Willie Basson," said Northerns Cricket Union president Vincent Sinovich.

"He was the president of Northerns for nine years and Jacques Faul, the acting CEO, is a very capable man and I think he will do a very good job. We've got two very good guys coming in there."

Basson and Faul were interim appointments to replace AK Khan, who resigned as CSA's acting president last week, and chief executive Gerald Majola, who was suspended on Saturday pending a disciplinary inquiry.

Basson will address the media for the first time on Wednesday and outline the road ahead for the beleaguered cricketing body.

CSA's board voted on Saturday to rescind the decisions made pertaining to the findings of the Khan Committee in November 2010 which failed to take action against Majola for breaching the Companies' Act.

Sinovich was a lone voice in the wilderness when he voted against the report of the Khan Commission, an internal investigation, headed by then CSA vice president AK Khan.

"Dr Nyoka asked, at the time, whether anyone else felt the same way as I did, but no one said anything," he said.

"The findings were read to us at a meeting and any businessman would not get 10 pages read to him and just accept it.

"You would like to go home and digest it, which is exactly what I did."

The commission considered whether Majola had correctly disclosed bonuses paid to the chief executive and other staff after the hosting of the Indian Premier League and Champions Trophy during the 2009/2010 season.

Sinovich addressed his concerns about the report to John Bester, chairman of CSA's finance committee, who sat on the Khan Committee and to John Blair, then chairman of the risk and audit committee.

"I then met both John Bester and John Blair, in Johannesburg, at that time, and told them I was not happy with the word ‘adequate' and, as chartered accountants, they should know that the Companies' Act requires full disclosure, not adequate disclosure.

"John Bester came and shook my hand and apologised to me on Saturday and admitted I had been right."

Sinovich, himself a chartered accountant, had to request that the minutes be altered to reflect his negative vote after he disputed the original document which stated that the decision to accept the report had been unanimous.

CSA board member Ray Mali felt it was harsh to judge the board for accepting the Khan Commission report, then rescinding its decision 18 months later, after the Nicholson Commission accused the board of a cover-up.

"The affiliate presidents were only doing what they were mandated to do by their respective boards," Mali told reporters on Saturday.

Sinovich said in the case of the Khan Commission, it had not been possible to accept a mandate as it was impossible to predict its findings before the meeting.

"No one knew what the Khan report would contain, so [on that particular issue], we were not mandated," he said.

Sinovich praised his Northerns board, which he said had been behind him all the way.

"I received fantastic support from my executive. They backed me to the hilt," he said.

"They constantly reassured me, saying I was doing the right thing and that the truth would eventually come out."


  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-20 20:39

    Good hands???? I hope they will be acting until Shame our cricket is back to square one

      Di - 2012-03-20 21:17

      Am I reading you corectly? If you mean "square one" as in back to Dr Ali may possibly be right.

      Willie - 2012-03-21 03:38

      Like Martin Luther King I have a dream that "One day we will judge people by their character and the contribution they can make and not by the colour of their skin..." and their political and other affiliations. Until then our beloved South Africa will be racially divided, we will have poor service delivery, unethical behaviour, people in positions where they are unfit to be and make derogatory remarks about each other - South Africans get politically mature and let's move on!

      Dawood - 2012-03-21 16:52

      @ Di Dr ali bacher..he was the biggest crook SA sport has seen..and me think it was his plan to put Cronje away

  • Kevin - 2012-03-20 21:43

    Same old same old, won't BEE long BEEfore the cadres want their share of thee tendas.....then whitey will BEE replaced becuase he is racist.....yawn............

      Xolani Ziqubu - 2012-03-21 06:30


      Kevin - 2012-03-21 08:11

      @Xolani...I'm an idiot because you don't like what I say..?

      Gerald - 2012-03-21 10:31

      @Xolani - But true.

  • roboman1 - 2012-03-20 23:24

    Give that man a Bells, well done Sir, you are the only board member who should remain. Mr Mali and co should join the rest of the rats, clean out CSA and start again with Basson and Sinovich

      BobM6389 - 2012-03-20 23:54

      What a refreshing read. It is so seldom that one reads of some-one with ethics these day. roboman1 you are so right 'GIVE THAT MAN A BELLS' and fire the rest. But then then are Basson and Sinovich the right shade of green for the new S.A.

  • Claude - 2012-03-21 05:30

    Good hands or not Cricket administration has a huge mountain to climb to regain credibility. I for one believe that what happened with Athletics is the best, safest and quickest way for Cricket administration to become acceptable to the public. I doubt that personal egos and agendas will let that happen without a push from Government. Far too often people will protect their position's at the expense of the sport.

  • Roy - 2012-03-21 05:37

    While Majola and the other CSA board are around,there is no such thing that Cricket SA "will be in good hands" Once these thieves,Majola,Naidoo and the rest who got these big bonuses are completely banned from cricket in any form,then perhaps we might have a chance.

  • Roy - 2012-03-21 05:46

    Well said Willie. If only more people could have the same attitude as yourself. This country will never come right while we have corrupt politicians and people who keep them in power knowing that they are wrong.

  • Halvor - 2012-03-21 07:27

    One man of integrity stranded in a sea of corruption and self-interest - must have been a very lonely place. Thank you, Vince, for understanding what was important and sticking to your principles.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-21 08:52

    SAICA should review the status of Messrs Blair and Bester for bringing their profession in to disrepute. Certainly all thos members of the CSA board who voted in favour of the khan report should be barred from serving on any company board of directors and and administration board such as CSA as they have shown themselves to be unfit for the purpose.

  • Brian - 2012-03-21 12:57

    Thank you for having this mampara removed ...just a pity he is sitting at home with full pay ...

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-03-21 16:16

    All our Sports are in a administrative mess and cant see that changing anytime soon. Bring back the good old amatuer days when it was for the love of the sport not for the money

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