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SA cricket crisis worsens, Chief Executive Thabang Moroe suspended


Continuing cricket crisis in South Africa has deepened as Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Officer, Thabang Moroe, has been suspended with immediate effect after allegations of misconduct against him.

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The governing body confirmed the “precautionary” move to suspend Moroe – who will continue to receive full pay – on Friday, is related to “possible failure of controls in the organisation”.

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According to the statement released by CSA, it is also announced a forensic audit will be launched, covering both “critical aspects of the business and conduct of management”.

The suspension comes in a chaotic week when the country has been amid growing threat of strike from the part of the cricketers.

“The Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) has taken a decision to put the Chief Executive Officer, Thabang Moroe, on precautionary suspension with pay, effective 06 December 2019, on allegations of misconduct, pending further investigations,” the CSA said in a press release.

“The decision to place Thabang Moroe on precautionary suspension follows from the reports received by the Social and Ethics Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board related to possible failure of controls in the organisation,” the press release added.

According to reports revealed, CSA president Chris Nenzani has been provided the task to hold a discussion with former CEO Dave Richardson regarding the appointment of acting chief executive officer for the duration of Moroe’s suspension.

“In the interim, the Board of Directors has mandated the Chairman to look at various options including holding discussions with Dave Richardson, the former Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council (ICC), regarding the appointment of an Acting Chief Executive Officer for the duration of Thabang Moroe’s precautionary suspension,” the CSA statement concluded.

To add insult to injury, prime sponsors Standard Bank confirmed they will not be extending their long-standing deal after it will come to an end in 2020.

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