CSA board resolutions raise questions

Acting CSA president Willie Basson. Sapa
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JOHANNESBURG - Cricket South Africa (CSA) said it could finally breathe, after all disputes with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) were ironed out on Wednesday and ahead of its AGM next month.

A special general meeting of the CSA board was held in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg where contentious issues around transformation and leadership were resolved.

Acting CSA president Willie Basson breathed a sigh of relief after the meeting, which resolved that the board would consist of five independent directors and seven non-independents; which will be expanded to a seven to nine split in 18 months’ time. 

“For the first time, we can breathe a little easier I think.”

But while the board appeared to resolve issues, many will not be pleased. 

Judge Chris Nicholson recommended a more independent, trimmed-down board during his commission of inquiry into the 2009 Indian Premier League bonus scandal that implicated some CSA executives. 

The players associations’ Tony Irish said it wanted CSA to stick to Nicholson’s suggestions.

“We don’t really understand the need to move to a nine to seven split. I would really like to understand why that is necessary.”

The cricketing body’s AGM will be held in earlier February.