The interim board which was appointed as a replacement for the resigned CSA board members had been refused by the remaining council members.
In the last weeks of October, Cricket South Africa witnessed the resignation of their president Beresford Williams as well as nine other board members. Considering that not all of the resignations had been effective immediately, some members had been kept for a while until an interim board was made. Just recently, the interim board had already been appointed by sports minister Nathi Mthethwa. Apparently, it was dismissed by the council members.
An official statement had been released by the incumbent CSA board members which said, ‘The Members Council embarked on a process last month to facilitate the resignation of the then-incumbent board members of CSA, with the intention of appointing an Interim Board that would work collaboratively with all stakeholders’.
‘The main objective of the new Interim Board was to work closely with the Members Council and CSA executives, to achieve necessary change within the organisation and to take cricket forward until a new board is elected at the annual general meeting’, the statement added.
However, the members’ council, as well as the newly appointed interim board, were unable to form an alliance with one another. With that, this has left the remaining board members to raise their concerns that include, ‘conflict of interest relating to a proposed member of the Interim Board; opposition to outlined roles, responsibilities and reporting lines as outlined in the Memorandum of Incorporation; unprofessional conduct; non-cooperation; and misalignment’.
With that, the council thoroughly believes that working with this interim board would only lead to the acts that fail to comply with the public interest. In response, the interim board thoroughly disagrees with the claims that they are unwilling to cooperate and that they have acted in bad faith. They even argued that they are willing to work with the public interest as well as the best interests of South African cricket.
Should these issues not be resolved thoroughly, then the ICC may be led to the decision of suspending the South African team in international level matches due to government interference.
So far, the Proteas squad is scheduled to play three T20Is and three ODIs against England from November 27 to December 9. After then, the team will also take part in two Test matches against Sri Lanka from December 26 to January 7. To further understand how these formats are played, visit Betwala’s cricket guide.
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