Cricket Business : Ousted CSA commercial head to go legal against board

Former Cricket South Africa (CSA) head of sales and sponsorship Clive Eksteen is not ready to take his termination from the rolls of the board lying down. Eksteen employment with the board was terminated by CSA last week and to counter that he will take the board to Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)

Eksteen was suspended along with then acting director of cricket Corrie van Zyl and chief operating officer Naasei Appiah in October 2019 and found guilty by Cricket South Africa of ‘transgressions of a serious matter.’

On Tuesday, however, he took to Twitter stating his dismissal was ‘unfair’ and that his attorney will be taking the matter to CCMA. 

Eksteen, Van Zyl and Appiah were originally suspended for having been the instigators of a payment dispute between CSA and the South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca).

On 14 November 2019 Eksteen was informed that he was being charged with five counts of misconduct, three of which related to the Saca dispute, while the fourth charge had to do with a deal concluded between a sponsor and a broadcaster, something CSA wasn’t part of, according to Eksteen.

The final charge was also with regard to a deal between the governing body and a multinational company.

On 17 April this year, however, Eksteen was acquitted of the first four charges, while being found guilty on the fifth after which he lodged a formal appeal.

But, that appeal was found unsuccessful and led to his dismissal by CSA over the past weekend.

Eksteen has denied claims of suspicious behaviour for his suspension and ultimate dismissal, saying: ‘Nothing can be further from the truth.’