South Africa face potential suspension after Olympic body removes CSA board 

The existing cricket regime has been removed by the country's SASCOC, an act against ICC laws.

South Africa could be suspended from international cricket | GettySouth Africa could be suspended from international cricket after a violation of International Cricket Council's (ICC) constitution which doesn't allow government intervention in any of its member board's functioning. 

The breach is regarding the country's Olympic board taking control of the game after removing the Cricket South Africa (CSA) regime. 

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According to a Cricbuzz report, the "letters from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to CSA demand that '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' pending the outcome of a month-long investigation by a task team into what SASCOC termed 'many instances of maladministration and malpractice that have occurred since at least December 2019'."

The letter further states, "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."

It is understood, the SASCOC has lost confidence on CSA making any concrete efforts in an honest assessment of how the organisation has been working all this while. 

The relationship between the sports federations in the country and the state is governed by the SASCOC, which has the authority to administer CSA. The body's decision taken this Tuesday (September 8) was passed by unanimous voting. 

"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," the letter states. 

"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."

CSA or the ICC are yet to make any response to the development. 

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Kashish Chadha - 11 Sep, 2020

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