December 11, 2023

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Entire CSA board resigns

Sports Desk : The resignations of the remaining four CSA board members were revealed on Monday (October 26), a day after six others quit. That clears the way for an interim structure to be put in place by government, through its satellites, to run the game. Former acting president Beresford Williams led the way out of the organisation on Sunday. He was followed by Angelo Carolissen, Donovan May, Tebogo Siko, John Mogodi and Dheven Dharmalingham. Only Zola Thamae, Marius Schoeman, Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw and Vuyokazi Memani-Sedile were left. But, on Monday morning, 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.”

A few hours later, CSA appeared to backtrack in a release that said: “All resignations are with immediate effect except for three members, namely, Zola Thamae, John Mogodi and Donovan May, who will remain as directors until the interim board structure has been appointed to ensure the continuity and stability of the organisation.” The release said Rihan Richards, who was appointed acting president of the members council on Sunday, would chair the board comprising Thamae, Mogodi and May. 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 of sorting out cricket 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. Whether the board’s resignation en masse will be enough to stop Mthethwa from exercising the more extreme aspects of his authority remains to be seen, especially as executive staff like acting chief executive Kugandrie Govender, director of cricket Graeme Smith and company secretary Welsh Gwaza appear to be still in their positions.

It is unclear who will be on the interim committee, although there seems to be support for a senior player representative and an ICC voice. Also not known is whether the game will be handed back to CSA after its annual meeting on December 5. What is known is that the domestic season will start on November 2, and that England’s men’s team will arrive next month to play three ODIs and three T20Is.

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