The South African government has suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday and taken over control of the sport in the country.
This decision comes as the latest in a series of big whacks to a beleaguered organisation. The leading members have to stand down because of corruption charges.
Letters from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to CSA said, “the CSA board and those senior executives who serve ex-officio on the board (the company secretary, the acting CEO, the CFO and the COO) are directed to step aside from the administration of CSA on full pay” pending the outcome of a month-long investigation by a task team.”
South Africa could be barred from playing international games
SASCOC said that “many instances of maladministration and malpractice that have occurred since at least December 2019. This has manifestly caused great concern and consternation amongst your own members, former and current members of the national team of the Proteas, stakeholders, sponsors, and members of the cricket-loving public.
“There can be no doubt that this has caused cricket to lose the trust and confidence of members of the public, stakeholders, sponsors and the players represented by SACA (the South African Cricketers’ Association). All this has brought cricket into disrepute,” it further added.
SASCOC looks after the connection between the state and cricket federations and therefore has the legal superiority to set CSA under administration. The decision was taken during a meeting on Tuesday and passed by a unanimous vote.
South Africa could well be impeded from playing international games. According to ICC rules, there cannot be any interference from the government in the running of any nation’s cricket board.
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