Cape Town - The South African Cricketers’
Association (SACA) has responded to statements made at Friday's Cricket
South Africa (CSA) media conference.
The press briefing saw CSA leadership confirm that, as of 2021, South African cricket will scrap the franchise system in favour a provincial model that will see 12 sides compete domestically.
The briefing also sought to clarify CSA's current financial state, with the body saying that the restructure would see their projected deficit over the next four years drop from R650 million to around R200 million.
On Saturday SACA, who last week expressed concerns over both the financial wellbeing of CSA as well as the proposed changes, responded.
"We remain concerned by the
financial position in cricket and in particular by the very substantial four
year deficit which CSA is forecasting," said SACA President, Omphile Ramela.
"We want to understand exactly how that is being dealt with and be comfortable
with what the deficit, including the Mzansi Super League,
"We will then know the extent of
the financial challenge and can be part of the solution to that challenge. We
have addressed our specific, constructive concerns to CSA in writing but have
still had no reply. The statements made yesterday have given us no further
clarity on this. It’s
our duty as the representative of all the players to make decisions from a
fully informed position.
"Regarding CSA’s announcement
of a domestic restructure to 12 teams CSA stated yesterday that SACA has agreed
to this restructure. This is not correct, and SACA has yet to agree to any
"Any agreement by us would need to be a decision of the full
players’ executive of SACA and we will only take that decision when we know
exactly how this will affect the players, including in regard to contract
"Going to 12 teams may well have some pluses
and may give some players more opportunity to play at a higher
level, but there is also no doubt that many other players will lose their jobs
as professional cricketers.
"It is also very likely that if this is part of a cost
saving exercise players are going to end up earning less. If CSA says that is
not the case then we want to understand how that is actually going to be
"SACA Chief Executive, Tony
Irish, stated: "I wish to again confirm that CSA has not properly consulted with
SACA on the domestic restructure. The fact that I was present at certain
meetings when the issue of possible restructure was raised does not constitute
consultation. There has been no discussion with us on how any restructure would
actually work and I have consistently stated to CSA that SACA cannot make any
decision on this at least until we understand the financial position and the
‘human impact’ on the players.
"If there is any doubt as to
whether or not consultation has taken place then one only needs to look at a recent agreement signed by CSA and SACA dealing directly with this. As part
of the MOU both CSA and SACA signed what is known as
a Recognition Agreement which sets out how identified,
important matters will be dealt with by the parties. This agreement contains a
clear consultation process to be followed before CSA can make any decision
specifically on the domestic restructure of the game. CSA has simply ignored