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Saca calls on CSA board to stand down immediately

The South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca) have called on the CSA Board of Directors to stand down on Wednesday 14 October.

The player’s union made the announcement following the Notice of 14 October 2020 advising of Government Intervention from the Minister of Sports, Art and Culture (DSAC), Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Saca calls on CSA board to stand down

“The crises that have engulfed the CSA Board of Directors over the past 18 months have culminated in a situation where there is no longer confidence in their ability to govern the organization and provide guidance on resolving many of the crises that remain,” a statement from Saca reads.

Saca believes that an interim Board of Directors must be established to stabilize the organization. According to the union, this interim board should include a Saca player’s representative as well as a representative from the remaining stakeholders in the game (sponsors and broadcasters).

Furthermore, the union asserts the interim board should appoint an experienced administrator to assist in the operational work that is required at CSA, ensuring a link between the interim board and operational staff.

Andrew Breetzke, SACA CEO stated: “Cricket is in an existential crisis, and the intervention of Government will result in the International Cricket Council (ICC) reviewing CSA’s position as an ICC Member, and will furthermore jeopardise the England Tour scheduled for next month. Players will suffer, development will suffer and the future of the game will be prejudiced. However, as has been recognised by DSAC and SASCOC, the current board has no credibility to resolve the crises, and it is clear that the current impasse between Government and CSA will not be resolved until such time as the board stands down.”

“We therefore implore the CSA Board to stand down and thereby take a decision that will be in the best interests of cricket,” added Breetzke.

Saca President Omphile Ramela made it clear that they believed the entire board should shoulder responsibility for the crisis at CSA.

“As we have stated previously, CSA is not able to self-correct, and the intervention of Government is further evidence of this. The current governance structure of CSA must be reviewed, and this has been acknowledged by CSA. The interim board must facilitate the implementation of the Nicholson Recommendations through amendments to the MOI, as this will allow for an effective Board of Directors to ultimately take over the responsibility of the governance of the game. The Fundudzi Forensic Report has identified various failures in governance, failures that have consistently been highlighted by SACA, and this is the opportunity to remedy these for the sake of the game and ensure that experienced personnel are recruited into key executive positions,” concluded Omphile Ramela, SACA President.

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