Cricket South Africa will continue to be the highest decision-maker after it avoided being derecognised and defunded by the country’s sport ministry. The Members’ Council agreed to adopt a new Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) that will include a framework for the majority independent board, reported EspnCricinfo.
The agreement between the interim board and CSA was reached after the sport minister Nathi Mthethwa issued a notice of his intention to derecognise CSA of its status as the national body for cricket in South Africa. He gave three ultimatums to the cricket body to agree to the new structure as part of his effort to improve functioning in cricket.
“Today we reached an important milestone, and I am delighted that the Members’ Council and the Board reached agreement on a new governance structure,” Stavros Nicolaou, interim board chair, said.
“We have now successfully managed to fulfill the mandate given to us by Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa. We trust that this important agreement will give confidence to all cricket’s stakeholders specifically, players, staff, sponsors and all in the country who love the game of cricket. We owed it to our country to find a solution to cricket’s governance challenges.”
The new memorandum will be adopted by CSA in the next 48 hours which means Mthethwa could reportedly reverse his decision and cricket in South Africa will continue to function under CSA.