Cricket South Africa’s members’ council on Saturday afternoon voted against the adoption of amendments to the memorandum of incorporation (MOI) at a special general meeting.
On the interim board’s final day to deploy Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa’s mandate – the proposal of a majority of independent board members as per the 2012 Nicholson report – was not accepted by the council.
The SGM was attended by all 14 representatives of the members’ council, Mthethwa, the interim board and Sascoc president Barry Hendricks.
The focus was, however, on the members’ council, who has been fighting against the implementation of an independent board for a number of weeks.
With 75% required to legally amend the MOI, only six provincial presidents voted for it while five opted against the amendment with three votes abstaining.
As a result, the members’ council is yet again expected to receive strong backlash from the minister and this could force his hand as a last resort. Ultimately, Mthethwa’s interference at this stage could lead to severe consequences for South African cricket.
Government interference is against the ICC’s code of conduct and could lead to suspension of a member nation.