Cricket South Africa is in complete state of turmoil as the entire board has submitted their resignations. The resignations of the remaining four CSA board members were revealed on Monday, a day after six others quit. That clears the way for an interim structure to be put in place by government.
Cricket South Africa entire board resigns, will it impact England tour ?
As things stand, South Africa’s domestic and international fixtures should be unaffected by these developments. England is scheduled to arrive for a six-match white-ball tour in mid-November.
After lot of reluctance and persuasion by CSA, England & Wales Cricket Board has agreed to tour South Africa but with the developments they may do a rethink.
CSA is also in talks with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia to complete the summer’s fixtures.
Former acting president Beresford Williams led the way out of the organisation on Sunday. He was followed by others.
But, on Monday, CSA tweeted: “After the members council had deliberated and resolved that in order to best serve the interest of cricket in South Africa, the entire board should resign – which they did. All independent and non-independent directors have now resigned.”
That comes after umpteen calls from a range of stakeholders, since December, for the board to go. And a day before CSA runs out of time to tell sports minister Nathi Mthethwa why he shouldn’t intervene in the game.
Mthethwa first gave the job to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), which in September told CSA’s now former board and key executives to step aside while a task team investigated the game’s ills. The board refused, and left SASCOC with the impression that it would unleash lawyers to avoid being usurped. SASCOC passed the buck back to Mthethwa, who gave CSA until close of business on October 27 to argue against him taking action against it – which could include removing the Proteas from the international arena.
By close of business hours on Tuesday, CSA will need to present Mthethwa with their plans for an interim steering committee, which is expected to include at least one former player. It remains unclear whether the CSA executives will follow the board in leaving their positions, with further developments expected in the next day-and-a-half.