• ‘Cricket severely damaged by its own leadership’

    The South African Cricketers’ Association will not negotiate with Cricket South Africa’s board despite the recent appointment of acting chief executive officer Jacques Faul.

    Faul has temporarily replaced permanent CEO Thabang Moroe, who has been placed on precautionary suspension.

    Saca, however, is prepared to engage with Faul.

    CSA and Saca are currently involved in two legal battles – the proposed restructuring of domestic cricket and players’ images rights infringements.

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    ‘Saca has noted the appointment of Jacques as the acting chief executive, and is prepared to deal with him in good faith in order to attempt to resolve as many as possible of the current crises affecting the players. Saca will not, however, lend credibility to the board of CSA by dealing with a “negotiating panel” if this comprises any board members,’ said Saca CEO Tony Irish.

    ‘Cricket has been severely damaged by its own leadership and the game desperately needs the right people in whom the cricket stakeholders, including the players, can trust in attempting to fix as much of the damage as possible.

    ‘We are astounded that the board of CSA, which has led the organisation during a tumultuous period when all this has happened, now refuses to take responsibility for the deep, deep crisis in which cricket finds itself. No one disagrees with the removal of the chief executive, but to suggest that the buck stopped with him alone, and for the board to cling so desperately to power, is a matter for serious concern.’

    While Moroe has been suspended, CSA president Chris Nenzani and vice-president Beresford Williams are still in position.

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