CSA heading for trouble with players before India series?

CSA heading for trouble with players before India series? - InsideSport

Cricket South Africa may head into a serious trouble with the South African Cricketers’ Association just ahead of the home series against visiting Indians. The top CSA management has stirred hornets’ nets with some harsh remarks and proposed initiative to reign in the players during the New Year.

The CSA president Chris Nenzani and active CEO Thabang Moroe have reportedly said that the governing body for the sport of cricket in South Africa will take on the cricketers’ association to reduce players’ “undue” influence on the sport.

CSA is also contemplating a renegotiation of the existing four-year contracts with players. “We need to change how we contract our players. The game of cricket has evolved, the economy has evolved, but our way of doing things hasn’t really changed. That’s something I have realised isn’t really working for Cricket South Africa,” acting CSA CEO Thabang Moroe has said.

Moroe and CSA president Chris Nenzani, who were speaking to media in Port Elizabeth, have stated that the cricket governing body will dictate to the players on what franchisee they should play and renegotiate the revenue-sharing deal with the players.

CSA also wants to amend the clause that gives players the right to choose which franchisee they want to play for. “The Proteas need to be allocated to franchise teams or there could even be a draft system. We want all our Proteas to participate domestically. We were very happy with the RamSlam T20 Challenge, but it could have been even better if all the Proteas were playing at once in different teams.

“Change is definitely needed and it’s unfair to those unions that work so hard to develop players and then lose them, what are these franchises doing in their own provinces? We might not even consult SACA. The players are our employees and in the corporate world, when you are an employee, you just get an e-mail saying ‘this is the new direction, this is the way it’s going to go’.

“A trade union doesn’t have a say in our view of how our company should be run and how we engage with trade unions. There is no room for a union to intervene if CSA decides to go in a different direction. There is nothing to stop us from moving away from revenue-sharing. CSA makes the money for cricket in this country and not the players’ union,” Moroe has said.

The strong remarks by the top CSA management are likely to invoke a strong response from the players and lead to an Australia-like situation, which has caused tremendous uncertainty ahead of the Ashes series earlier this year.

CSA’s failure to conduct the inaugural T20 Global League has deprived players of good exposure and opportunity to earn guaranteed revenues. However, the officiating CSA CEO instead more sarcastically holds players responsible for CSA’s losses. “The money we spent on upgrading facilities has not been lost, the money we spent on buying the trophy has not been lost. The only money we’ve lost is what we paid to players for not even bowling a ball,” he said.

As CSA appears firm on reworking its relationship with players. The reaction from the players’ association, expected as early as the New Year, may lead to more news emerging from the corridors of power in South Africa than from the oval during Proteas home series against India.