Cricket South Africa has finally set its sight on a positive future with an Annual General Meeting and a bid for the 2027 Cricket World Cup on the cards.
Acting president Rihan Richards, interim board chairperson Stavos Nicolaou and minister of sport Nathi Mthethwa marked the adoption of the new memorandum of incorporation at an official gathering on Friday.
After almost nine years since the Nicholson Report, CSA will now officially vote for a majority independent board at the AGM on 12 June.
The new permanent board will consist of 15 directors, which will be reduced to 13 after two years. Eight of them will act as independent directors, nominated from an independent panel, while the members’ council will present five non-independent directors. The chairperson of the board will be one of the eight independent directors.
Richards added that the organisation will target a World Cup event, either men’s or women’s, between the 2027-2031 cycle.
South Africa has not hosted a World Cup since 2003 and has not hosted an international competition since the 2009 Champions Trophy.
‘Remember the date 30 April 2021,’ Nicolaou said in the meeting. ‘It is a seminal date in the history and evolution of cricket in our country. It will go down as a historic date because, forever and from today, cricket will be placed on a solid, sound governance pathway.’