Centurion - The Northerns Cricket Union Board on Friday confirmed the extension of Jacques Faul’s tenure as chief executive officer of the Titans and the Northerns Cricket Union until April 30, 2021.
The announcement comes after Sport24 reported on Thursday that Faul had turned down an offer to become the CEO of the Sharks rugby franchise.
Faul has been at the helm during one of the most dominant periods of the franchise’s existence, as the Titans won the One-Day Cup, the Sunfoil Series and the T20 Challenge in the past two seasons, having shared the spoils in the domestic 50-over showpiece in 2013/2014.
Added to this, the Northerns Cricket Union's semi-professional team won the inaugural CSA Africa T20 competition this past season as well.
Faul and the board also engineered a sensational transformation in the off-the-field exploits of the Northerns Cricket Union (NCU), as the union won the prestigious CSA Incentive Scorecard in 2015 and 2016, while SuperSport Park was named the best cricket stadium in South Africa in an independent review ordered by CSA.
The NCU also announced a R16.2m commercial turnaround over a period of two-and-a-half years during Faul’s term.
During his short, successful stint as acting chief executive officer of Cricket South Africa (CSA), the board of CSA announced a five-year deal with Momentum as the name sponsor of the South African One-Day International team.
“We are delighted to be able to have secured Jacques's services for a further five years. The performances both on and off the field speak for themselves, and Jacques should take full credit for this,” said John Wright, the NCU president.
“At this level, you require a passionate professional who is committed to transformation, driven in pursuit of domestic trophies while staying true to the vision of producing national players for South Africa and unearthing new sensations in every suburb and township of the greater Northerns area,” Wright added.
“Simultaneously, you require the acumen to preside over a successful business enterprise while never shirking the responsibilities of strengthening amateur cricket. Jacques possesses these qualities in abundance and we treasure his contribution in raising the bar of professionalism at domestic level,” Wright added.
“I have committed myself to the Titans family for another five years,” said Faul.
“The stakeholders at the Titans and the union have eased the burden on me off the field and have committed themselves to make this franchise the premier one in South Africa.
“The team ethos at the franchise has contributed largely to our proud domestic record the past three years and my vision is to continue this while retaining the same business and brand-building philosophy that underpinned our success the past three years,” Faul added.