At present, South African Cricket is going through their worst ever phase since 1991. A decade long maladministration, recent corruption charges and payment row have resulted in South Africa’s government taking control of the Cricket in country.
The Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)- a government body overlooking the broader sports in the country – recently suspended the Cricket South Africa with immediate effect.
According to Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution, any board with Government interference will not be allowed to participate in tournaments or play against ICC’s board members. The article imposes an obligation on Members to conduct democratic elections without government interference and maintain a process in its governance and / or administration for cricket respectively.
As per the reports on Cricbuzz, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) wrote a letter to the CSA demanding- “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” till a month-long investigation is conducted by the committee.
“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,” the letter added.
SASCOC also clarified their current stance in the letter as they added that they tried their best to address issues within the CSA in the previous meetings but CSA failed “to make the… forensic report available to the SASCOC board despite promises” to do so.
“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… forensic report available to the SASCOC board despite promises and undertakings by CSA to do so. 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,” the letter added.
Both ICC and CSA haven’t spoken a word on the news yet. But if SASCOC continues seizing control over CSA and its function, the decision to suspend CSA might jeopardize the future of South African Cricketers.