Cape Town - The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) has launched an urgent court application against Cricket South Africa (CSA) in an attempt to overturn the governing body's decision to place it under administration.
Cricket specialist website ESPNcricinfo reported on Saturday that the WPCA was arguing that CSA had "no right or entitlement to exercise step-in rights over a self-standing voluntary association."
The WPCA also claimed CSA did not allow a hearing before suspending its board, that the decision was based on incorrect information and there was no compliance with its own Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI).
It was announced late last month that CSA had exercised its "step-in rights" at the WPCA, appointing professor Andre Odendaal as administrator to take over the administrative, governance and financial affairs of the Cape union.
Via a press statement, CSA claimed this was done in terms of clauses 12.3 and 12.4 of its Memorandum of Incorporation.
A press statement from the country's cricket governing body read: "It has come to the attention of CSA that the WPCA Board has been conducting business under distressed conditions in relation to, inter alia, the WPCA’s administrative, governance and financial affairs.
"Pursuant to the exercise of its step-in rights, CSA has decided to suspend the WPCA board and to appoint Professor Andre Odendaal as administrator.
"Professor Odendaal is a highly experienced administrator who has previously served as chief executive of WPCA for an extended period of time."
Saturday’s news means that the WPCA is seeking to have its board reinstated and for Odendaal to be stood down.
- Compiled by Herman Mostert