The South African Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has taken decisive steps to take over the running of Cricket South Africa.
Some media outlets are reporting that Sascoc has asked the entire CSA board to step aside. However, Sascoc acting CEO Ravi Govender denies this.
‘The short answer is, no, it’s not under administration,’ Govender told Sport24.
He said that they would appoint an independent task team to look into CSA’s operations. Sascoc has also requested they meet with the members council, cricket’s highest decision-making body, urgently.
This action comes after a year of South African cricket’s governing body stumbling from one crisis to the next. In the last few months alone, the CEO, Thabang Moroe, was fired for ‘acts of serious misconduct’ (according to the still publicly unreleased Fundudzi Forensic report), while president Chris Nenzani and CEO Jacques Faul have resigned.
Last week CSA postponed their AGM, which was scheduled for 5 September, citing a range of reasons, including the finalisation of the aforementioned forensic report on the organisation’s operations across a number of key facets of the business dating back to 2018.
Sascoc was expecting to view this report before the now postponed AGM, and has now run out of patience with CSA.
Govender lamented the lack of transparency around this report. ‘The report was sanctioned by the members council and they themselves didn’t even see the report yet, or not all of them,’ he added.
ESPNcricinfo reports: ‘Sascoc has attempted to address these issues in two meetings with the CSA board: one was exploratory, and the other failed to take place mainly because of the fact that CSA failed to make the Fundudzi Forensic Report available to the Sascoc board despite promises and undertakings by CSA to do so,’ a Sascoc letter to CSA’s members council, seen by ESPNcricinfo, read. ‘CSA is in receipt of our letter which records that the board’s decision to make the said report available only on a limited basis to the president and board members of Sascoc, is wholly unreasonable and irrational given the apparent nature and scope of the report.’
ESPNcricinfo further asserts that the task team will make findings and recommendations to Sascoc and the CSA members council within one month.