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Sports minister issues ultimatum to Cricket South Africa

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Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa has informed the International Cricket Council (ICC) he intends to intervene in the running of crisis-ridden Cricket South Africa (CSA).

He however said this may not be if the CSA commit to governance reforms by Oct. 27.

CSA has been mired in controversy and claims of mismanagement since the suspension of former chief executive Thabang Moroe last December.

There was a damning internal report providing a long list of concerns around the actions of various staff members in the organisation.

“Efforts have been made over several months to try and assist CSA to stabilise its governance matters. This was after a huge outcry regarding the failure of its leadership to effectively manage its affairs,” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Minister Mthethwa strongly believes that there is great merit in creating an environment where sports problems are handled within the sports movement.

“Accordingly, he wishes to offer them every possible opportunity to demonstrate their stated commitment to cooperate on a way forward for cricket.

“The Minister has given a notice of government intervention to the ICC in the affairs of CSA.

“In the interest of fairness, Minister Mthethwa has given CSA until 17:00 on Oct. 27, 2020 to make written representations, should they wish to, on why he should not exercise his decision to intervene as enjoined by the laws of the country.”

CSA has faced heavy criticism from sponsors and national team players.

The players have accused the board of “self-interest’’ in failing to deal adequately with the contents of the internal report.

They have also disagreed with the postponement of an Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Sept. 5, which was to elect a new president after Chris Nenzani resigned in August.

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Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Source: NAN

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