• Bacher strongly suggests Moroe resigns

    Former Test captain and United Cricket Board of South Africa managing director Ali Bacher has suggested current Cricket South Africa chief executive officer Thabang Moroe resigns.

    Moroe has been heavily criticised for revoking the media accreditation of five outspoken cricket journalists last week. The accreditation has since been reinstated and Moroe has apologised.

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    ‘I have been involved in cricket administration at varying levels from 1981 to 2003. In 2003, after the Cricket World Cup, I decided to call it a day. It was my call. I decided I would not interfere in the future running of South African cricket and I kept my word. However, recent developments have made it obligatory for me to go public and express my most serious concern about the current administration in South African cricket,’ Bacher told ESPNcricinfo.

    ‘The current CEO is out of his depth and I strongly suggest that he resigns imminently in the best interests of South Africa cricket.’

    Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket role, meanwhile, is still vacant. Former captain Graeme Smith was interviewed for the post and is in ongoing discussions with CSA.

    ‘Graeme is a legend not only in South Africa but around the world and I was excited to see him consider going into administration in South Africa full time,’ added Bacher.

    Lions head coach Enoch Nkwe was the Proteas’ team director for the recent tour of India, who won the Test series 3-0. He was assisted by fielding coach Justin Ontong, bowling coach Vincent Barnes and batting coaches Lance Klusener and during the tour.

    England will arrive in South Africa for a four-Test series later this month, but CSA still hasn’t confirmed if Nkwe’s tenure will continue.

    ‘It is a well-known fact that the current highly respected captain of South Africa, Faf du Plessis, was not consulted over the appointment of the coach or assistants for the tour to India,’ concluded Bacher.

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