Cricket South Africa acting chief executive officer Jacques Faul will have several priorities across the rest of the year and into 2020. Here are a few suggestions.
Transfer the Titans’ tactics
- The Northerns Cricket Union is arguably the most well run in South Africa. The recent appointment of Proteas Womens’ cricketer Sune Luus as a media ambassador for Tshwane Spartans in the male-dominated Mzansi Super League is just one example of the Titans’ progressive approach, largely led by CEO Faul, who’ll likely impart this to CSA as well.
Get tight with Graeme Smith
- Smith and Faul’s appointments are hugely important for an organisation eager to recover from suspended CEO Thabang Moroe’s mismanagement. Smith and Faul will do well to work as a team, rather than isolation. Their partnership will likely be governed by onus, loyalty and patriotism, not just the love of fat salaries and limelight.
Mend relationships with sponsors
- The Willowton Group and Standard Bank have been chief among Moroe and company’s detractors this week. The former are still on board, while the latter have withdrawn. Perhaps Faul, whose experience in working with Momentum Multiply at the Titans will speak volumes, can still salvage the relationship with Standard Bank in particular.
Establish a rapport with the board
- While Moroe has been placed on precautionary suspension, president Chris Nenzani, vice-president Beresford Williams and the rest’s tenures are ongoing. Faul cited a ‘campaign to discredit’ and ‘sense of hostility’ when resigning as acting CSA CEO in 2012. Seven years later, his new colleagues will hopefully welcome rather than abore the stopgap appointment.
Give the South African Cricketers’ Association some tender, loving care
- CEO Tony Irish and all others within Saca have been heavy critics of CSA since the abandonment of franchise cricket in favour of provincial competition was mooted. A dispute over players’ image rights – and other infractions involving the ongoing Mzansi Super League – is ongoing. Saca and CSA have to be working together, not against each other.
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