The South African Cricketers’ Association has expressed surprise over Cricket South Africa’s suspension of interim director of cricket Corrie van Zyl, chief operating officer Naasei Appiah and commercial manager Clive Eksteen.
The suspensions came after the South African Cricketers’ Association launched a formal dispute with CSA over unpaid fees for last year’s inaugural edition of the Mzansi Super League.
‘We are very surprised that Naasei, Corrie and Clive have been suspended in relation to allegations surrounding CSA’s non-compliance with the 2018 MSL commercial agreement,’ said Saca chief executive officer Tony Irish.
‘Saca didn’t deal with Appiah on this issue and in its dealings with Van Zyl and Eksteen over many months they both expressed a strong desire to resolve the payment issue, but it eventually became clear that higher approval to do so was necessary.
‘We think it’s highly unlikely that CSA’s chief executive, Thabang Moroe, would not have been aware of this ongoing issue. He was undoubtedly aware of payment obligations as he had signed the agreement.’
The second edition of the MSL will start later this month. The Jozi Stars are the reigning champions, having beaten the Cape Town Blitz in last year’s final.
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