SACA warns of players' strike

2013-01-10 17:25

Johannesburg - The SA Cricketers' Association (SACA) has "serious concerns" about the expansion of Cricket SA's (CSA) board, it said on Thursday, and warned of a possible players' strike.

The CSA members' forum agreed on Wednesday to restructure its board to 12 directors - seven non-independent and five independent.

SACA accepted this decision, but did not agree the board should be further increased to 16 directors in 18 months.

"The players have stood up for good governance in cricket," SACA chief executive Tony Irish said on Thursday.

"We have a world class national team and the players expect world class governance in the game."

He said Wednesday's resolution by the CSA to implement a 7:5 director board was not perfect, but was "a vast improvement" on the existing 22-director board.

"There has been so much politics and in-fighting within the existing board and we hope that the significant reduction in size and the higher degree of independence on the board will make it less unwieldy and political and more focused on good cricket decision-making."

SACA would not tolerate a further expansion of the board.

"We don't think there are good reasons for this and it simply moves further away from the Nicholson report recommendations and closer to the existing structure, which we all know has been a problem," Irish said.

"Should this actually happen it is likely to again become an issue for SACA and the players."

SACA held an executive committee meeting on Wednesday, and discussions with Proteas players in Port Elizabeth.

It believed it was within its rights to initiate a player strike in the first week of February if CSA did not follow the Nicholson Inquiry's recommendations.

SACA lodged a dispute against CSA at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on November 22, calling on CSA to finalise its board structure and to follow the report as closely as possible.

A conciliation meeting was scheduled for December 13, but was postponed to February 6.

"In the event that the dispute is not settled or withdrawn by February 6, 2013, SACA would be in a position to take the players out on a lawful strike over this issue," it said.

With the CSA AGM to be held on February 2, SACA hoped it would stick to the recommendations in the Nicholson report, and bring an end to a troubled period for the sport.

"As there has been significant improvement in the structure, it would not be responsible of us to continue with player action at this stage," Irish said.

"Hopefully, this will end the months of controversy and uncertainty in the governance of the game and everyone can get on with making South African cricket the best it can be," he said.


  • erich.goosen - 2013-01-10 17:37

    Is there a need for a bigger board? This will cost money - money that could have been used to improve facilities in less prosperous areas.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-10 18:17

      Why no threatened strike about proposed implementation of quotas?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-10 23:21

      Bigger board = more people gets to "share in the wealth of SA". Or in other words, more people can line their pockets.

  • goyougoodthing - 2013-01-10 17:39

    All about feeding at the trough, well done players!

  • Melville Hoffman - 2013-01-10 17:54

    Even 12 is too many!More lazy arsed fat cats!

  • PureProteas - 2013-01-10 17:59

    I am fully behind the Proteas squad on this, those fat cats have to go,12 on the board is already a waste of funds

  • kurt.duplessis.5 - 2013-01-10 18:06

    Well, then for better governance and for 12 board members initially, why not 7 independent and and 5 non-independent as a start instead of the other way around?

  • robert.meyer.967422 - 2013-01-10 18:16

    a nation of strikers we are

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-01-10 18:33

    Whichever player decides not to play for their country will be replaced with someone who yearns for the opportunity to represent this country.

      Sonnyjakes - 2013-01-11 07:05

      Of course will play into Arendse and company's hands. Only problem is if all topfranchise players strike who will they pick? If you shave and have a haircut they may pick you. Keep to baseball yank.

      mi.opinion.714 - 2013-01-11 09:21

      What the f....? Zapadela , a yank commenting about cricket ??? LOL !!!! Looking at your picture, it's clear that you smoked your breakfast this morning and unknowingly ended up commenting on the wrong forum. If striking world class cricketers are going to be replaced by 'someone who yearns for the opportunity to play for his country' (irrespective of merit) cricket in SA will bleed to death before you can say 'wash my spear in the shower' ... go and talk baseball and basketball to your only FB 'friend'

  • sam.makua.10 - 2013-01-10 18:35

    Players must mind their business!!! What happens with management is not a matter that must concern them!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-10 18:40

      Your lobotomy did not go too well, then..?

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-10 19:28

      Tell the farmworkers and mineworkers to go back to work as they have no concern of management.

      nico.vanderlinde.1 - 2013-01-10 19:30

      Sam your village phoned they seemed to be missing their idiot

      rontheogre - 2013-01-10 19:34

      Sam, then the union members going on strike for higher pay is wrong, as that is a management decision. Did not think that one through, did you?

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-11 06:36

      Nico Sam cannot be the village idiot, he has parts missing

      ayub.sayed.750 - 2013-01-11 07:30

      Eish, Sam you must be black for these guys to take you on like that........Pro strikers because most are white......or anti strikers because most are black.....mmmm....interesting.

      ronald.vantoorn.9 - 2013-01-11 07:33

      Spoken like a true cadre!

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2013-01-10 18:53

    I agree with the players on these one, if the recomendations of the Nicholson commission are ignored, what was the point seems to be a pattern in SA where commisions recommendations are ignored, or justice related matters from top to bottom. Perhaps its time we all do the same to defeat GREED.

  • werner.schyns.9 - 2013-01-10 18:57

    Sam Makua - another f&$?ing idiot!!!

  • ruben.maistry - 2013-01-10 19:32

    Sam Makua, try saying that in the faces of the Marikana miners and the De Doorns farm workers.

  • sam.makua.10 - 2013-01-10 19:44

    These players are concerning themselves with management issues!! DA is always crying about everything!

      fearne.gilson - 2013-01-10 20:22

      Sam, here is the fundamental problem, the players should not have to worry about politics! The guys range between 19 and 38 odd years of age, do you really think they want to strike from the game they love so much on the current high they are on!! The reason they are involved is because CSA has been so fraught with corruption that the players as the associations assets have to step in and protect their futures! This is not a race issue, this is a business and management issue that is being clouded by personal agendas! But having said that the sport of cricket is enjoying a rich vein of form at the moment, so the train is moving fast and it seems more people want the gravy it is producing for themselves and their friends!!

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-10 20:23

      Why don't you read the responses to your illogical, ludicrous statements; maybe you could save yourself further embarrassment.

      sam.makua.10 - 2013-01-10 21:51

      The basis of my argument is misunderstood. Going on a strike is one of ways an aggrieved employee can use to show discontentment with the employer. Now here we talking about players who are threatening to toyi toyi because management of CSA is run like gang! Are they threatened?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-11 02:56

      You misunderstood the basis of your own argument when you mentioned the DA.

  • mark.smit.33 - 2013-01-10 21:21

    If the players are going to do something as extreme as strike in protest at the nonsense going on at Cricket SA, they should do it to demand COMPLETE compliance with the Nicholson recommendations. The fact is that political in-fighting has already led to non-compliance with the repoot. There are now to be 9 non-independent board members and 7 independents. What does that mean? It means Sascoc _ and therefore political entities - will have control of Cricket SA which in a normal democratic society would be an independent entity. The board should consist of 10 experienced servants of cricket, and absolutely no one else. I so wish sponsors, such as SAB in particular, would put the squeeze on CSA and Sascoc because, if there were no money, no one would care less who runs cricket.and the opportunists would look elsewhere

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-10 23:22

    The board should not be bigger than the run-on team.

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