The turmoil surrounding South African cricket doesn’t seems to come to a halt. South Africa has now put itself in danger of being banned from international cricket after it reportedly went ahead to intervene in the affairs of the sport’s national body following revelations of serious misconduct by senior officials.
South Africa sports minister Nathi Mthethwa has informed the global governing council of the action. According to the governing council forbids government interference and the punishment is normally a ban from international games for the country’s teams until the national cricket body is operating independently again.
ICC confirms notice of potential intervention
The global governing council confirmed that it has been notified about the intervention. The member nation has been advised by the governing council to resolve their matters directly with their governments. The council mentioned that they will keep an eye on the development of the matter.
“Members are encouraged to resolve matters directly with their governments. We will continue to monitor the situation,” the sport’s governing body said.
Earlier in September, the South Africa government 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.