Town - Twitter exploded in a combination of fury, dismay and disbelief over
Cricket South Africa as critical, long-time Proteas team title sponsors
Standard Bank signalled on Friday their intention to withdraw soon after
completion of the 2019/20 summer.
have been an integral partner to the national team for close on two decades,
and the decision will have far-reaching consequence for CSA, as the crisis-torn
organisation is already fighting an uphill battle for sponsorships - most of
the major domestic competitions, for example, do not have title sponsors.
coach and former first-class player Dave Nosworthy (@DONCRICKET), who was
linked recently to the vacant director of cricket post, said: "MASSIVE BLOW …
for so many good and hard-working people in cricket behind the scenes who’ve
done nothing wrong other than to play, coach and administer this wonderful
game. The knock-on effects will be huge."
Australian-based satirical cricket Twitter forum "Dennis PSL Draft" (it has a
revolving heading, but operates under the handle @DennisCricket_) simply
wrote: "CSA are officially junk bonds."
Lungani Zama (@whamzam17) questioned the silence from the Sports Ministry over
the ongoing flashpoints at CSA: "Once Standard Bank goes, there will be no
headline sponsor in South African cricket. The people are voting with their
feet. Another Board member gone this morning. Still no word from the Sports
Ministry. If not now, then when?"
veteran editor of the SA Cricket Annual Colin Bryden (@colinbryden1) wasn't so
sure on that front: "Do we really want the Government involved? It seems to me
that cricket people are finally finding their voice for the good of the game."
commentator and cricket lover Judith February (@judith_february) had a stark
message for embattled CSA CEO Thabang Moroe - since suspended by the Board - in
the immediate wake of the bank’s decision: "So will Moroe and his corrupt
colleagues resign? Their position is untenable and there will be no sponsorship
if they remain. This is an absolute disgrace and again shows the consequences
of having the wrong people in important positions."
journalists also had their say.
writer Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) said: "(Standard Bank pulling the plug) comes
as another torpedo to CSA’s hull, and will only add to mounting clamour for
purge of leadership, clean start!"
Lloyd Burnard (@LloydBurnard) added:"Standard Bank walk away from CSA in what
is surely the killer blow to this administration. When sponsors and players
start bailing, that’s when it becomes irretrievable."
were some slightly tempering views on the situation - writer Darrel
Bristow-Bovey (@dbbovey) observed: "This is a very South African situation.
Cricket fans cheering the Standard Bank decision, crowing about how it serves
CSA right, enjoying anything that hurts their enemy, totally ignoring thoughts
of how it’s going to hurt them."
not dissimilar vein, EWN sports editor Adrian Ephraim (@AdrianEphraim) said: "Despite our ill-feelings towards the current CSA bosses, it’s sad to see a
major sponsor step away when cricket in SA needs it the most … players, staff
and fans lose most."
Firdose Moonda (@FirdoseM) - one of the journalists affected by the withdrawal
of CSA accreditation last weekend - kept it short and sweet: "This is massively
bad news for South African cricket."
- Compiled by Sport24 staff