Cricket South Africa and the Western Province Cricket Association had a positive meeting this week to put plans in place for a successful hosting of the iconic New Year Test match between the Proteas and England.
‘As with all hosting agreements for international matches both here and around the world, there are certain guarantees that need to be put in place to confirm the hosting rights,’ commented CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe.
‘We are currently gearing up to host the New Year’s Test match at Newlands as planned. The readiness of the stadium is on track and, barring a significant change in circumstances, it is unlikely that the venue for this Test will change from our schedule.
‘What is equally important is that cricket at all levels from franchise down to clubs and schools should not be compromised in any way.’
CSA were concerned about the WPCA’s administration and finances, and the potential disruption caused by the construction of new office blocks at Newlands.
But CSA and WPCA have since confirmed the series’ second Test, which is scheduled for 3-7 January 2019, will go ahead at the iconic Cape Town ground.
The WPCA is currently suspended by CSA, who exercised step-in rights last month. According to CSA, the WPCA board was conducting business under distressed conditions in relation to, among others, administration, governance and financial affairs.
‘WPCA chief executive officer Nabeal Dien will be in charge of the smooth running of all cricket operations and will report directly to the CSA administrator, Professor Andre Odendaal, until such time as CSA is reasonably of the opinion that the WPCA administrative and financial affairs are being conducted according to best practice,’ added Moroe.
Photo: Gallo Images