Cricket South Africa (CSA) has faced a tumultuous time. The South Africa government, on Thursday, took control of the cricket board and will run the sport in the nation. The move came as a major jolt after several members of the cricket board had stepped aside due to corruption charges.
The board however has remained adamant and disagreed with their national Olympic body on removing key staffs and the board. The board has instead taken the legal route and ask for legal advice from the lawyers. However it is not clear if the step taken falls out of ICC’s rules on interference. It could also lead to close of doors for the South African team in international cricket.
According to a report in Reuters, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) said that the embattled board of CSA was asked to step aside after, among other things, failing to share a damning report that led to the sacking of former chief executive Thabang Moroe some nine months after he was first suspended.
“CSA does not agree with the resolution taken by SASCOC and has not had the opportunity to engage with SASCOC on various issues raised in the communication,” CSA said in a statement on Friday.
“In addition, CSA is taking legal advice regarding the basis on which SASCOC has sought to intervene in the business affairs of CSA.
“CSA does, however, commit to engaging further with SASCOC to understand its position and to find common ground with it in the best interests of cricket.”
“We are deeply concerned about the issues that have been permeating around CSA recently,” SASCOC acting chief executive Ravi Govender told Reuters . “We met with the board and requested sight of the elusive forensic report, which has not been forthcoming.
Govender later confirmed to Reuters on Friday that the CSA board have requested to meet SASCOC on Monday to discuss the matter further, and says for now their resolution stands.