Crisis in South Africa cricket comes to solution
Cricket South Africa has seemingly escaped being derecognised and defunded by the government after an agreement is reached to adopt Memorandum of Incorporation (MoI).
CSA Members’ Council and the interim board met on Sunday, agreeing to adopt the MoI within next 48 hours.
The decision comes two days after South Africa Sports Minister Nathi Mthetwa’s threatened in a letter to scrap CSA from governing cricket in the country. A government gazette was due in the coming Friday.
“Today is a historic day for cricket in South Africa and we look forward to being part of a new governance structure for cricket and playing our part in ensuring sound administration of the game we hold so dear. I am grateful to my Members’ Council colleagues and the Interim Board for ensuring that we avert a proposed ministerial intervention which would have caused cricket in our country irreparable harm,” Rihan Richards, the acting President of Members’ Council said.
CSA believes it has fulfiled the promise of resolving the crisis in cricket, hoping this to relieve cricket’s stakeholders’s worries in the country.
“Today we reached an important milestone, and I am delighted that the Members’ Council and the Board reached agreement on a new governance structure,” Stavros Nicolaou, CSA chairperson, said.
“We have now successfully managed to fulfill the mandate given to us by Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa. We trust that this important agreement will give confidence to all cricket’s stakeholders specifically, players, staff, sponsors and all in the country who love the game of cricket. We owed it to our country to find a solution to cricket’s governance challenges.”