Cricket South Africa crises deepen, players want entire board to step down

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A provisional suspension of Chief Executive Thabang Moroe alone would not work. South African Cricketers’ Association is adamant for the resignation of the entire Cricket South Africa board. As SACA is reluctant to relent, crises in CSA have further deepened ahead of the scheduled home series against England.

After the announcement of Moroe’s provisional suspension with salary, SACA on Monday had repeated its call for the CSA board to resign. The players association, though, has confirmed that they were ready to work with interim CEO Jacques Faul.

SACA while blaming president Chris Nenzani, vice-president Beresford Williams and current directors for the decline in South African cricket, is adamant on the exit of the present governance from the national cricket body.

The crisis has mounted two weeks before England are scheduled to start their four-Test tour of South Africa, with the Boxing Day Test from December 26.

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According to SA media, SACA has stated that reports of uncontrolled spending by staff, suspension of CSA employees, failure to put in place Proteas team structures, attempts to silence the media, resignations of independent directors citing financial and governance concerns and the withdrawal of the game’s biggest sponsor have unfolded on the board’s watch.

“We are astounded that the board of CSA, which has led the organization during a tumultuous period when all this has happened, now refuses to take responsibility for the deep, deep crisis in which cricket finds itself,” SACA chief executive Tony Irish is reported as saying.

“The president and other board members ignored the legitimate concerns of SACA and the players for months in the same way that the chief executive did. Formal and detailed letters were sent not only to the chief executive but also to the president and chairman of the finance committee dating back several months. No replies to the letters were ever received.

“SACA has noted the appointment of Jacques Faul, as the acting chief executive, and is prepared to deal with him in good faith in order to attempt to resolve as many as possible of the current crises affecting the players. It is hoped that the new chief executive will appoint a highly competent director of cricket so that, even at this very late stage, he can start putting the best possible professional structure around the Proteas team.

“Cricket has been severely damaged by its own leadership and the game desperately needs the right people in whom the cricket stakeholders, including the players, can trust in attempting to fix as much of the damage as possible,” Irish added further. “No one disagrees with the removal of the chief executive, but to suggest that the buck stopped with him alone, and for the board to cling so desperately to power, is a matter for serious concern.”

The players union’s biggest gripe with CSA president Chris Nenzani and his fellow board members, who are still reeling from losing three independent directors last week, is the argument they couldn’t have been unaware of the disastrous decisions taken from a corporate governance perspective.

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