CSA board seeks to “jack-up” on governance

Outgoing CSA president Willie Basson says the body's new board faces a major challenge in trying to comply with Sascoc's requirement of increasing non-independent directors. Picture: SAPA
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JOHANNESBURG - The newly-elected board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) is gearing up for a period of “renewal” in the administration of the sport.

Seven non-independent members and five independent members were on Saturday appointed to lead the body, which has been mired in controversy for years.

New CSA president Chris Nenzani said the new administration would let players take the spotlight, while the board would fade into the background.

Nenzani admitted that after years of infighting and maladministration, the time had come to clean up.

“We are hoping to ensure that we jack-up on governance within Cricket South Africa.”

Nenzani said the new board would have to adopt a new approach if it was to turn cricket around.

“It’s about a whole structure and a whole new approach – a whole new renewal.”

He said the balance between independents and non-independent members in the leadership would remain an important debate if the board was to overcome failures of the past.

CSA’s outgoing acting president, Willie Basson, meanwhile said the body's new board faced a major challenge in trying to comply with sporting body Sascoc's requirement of increasing non-independent directors.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee wants the number of non-independent directors to be increased to nine, so that all provinces are represented in the decision-making body.

The move to only elect seven independent members has been seen as a departure from the structure recommended by retired judge Chris Nicholson, following his inquiry into the 2009 Indian Premier League bonus scandal.

Judge Nicholson’s inquiry revealed that the R4.7 million that was paid in bonuses to CSA staff and executives was not properly declared.

His report instructed the cricketing body to suspend and discipline former CSA CEO Gerald Majola and to change the structure of the board.

But Nenzani disagrees it is a departure from the recommendations made.

“When we issued our final product in respect of the composition of the board, the process of restructuring, and the process of the renewal of CSA was not necessarily about one item, which is the composition of the board - there is a range of issues.”

The board includes former president Norman Arendse and Peter Cyster, who is also Nenzani's deputy.