CAPE TOWN- New Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani says while he is optimistic the body's new board members understands where it is they want to go they are under no illusions about the difficulty of the task ahead.
Nenzani was elected unopposed during Saturday’s annual general meeting, which was closed off to the media. He received his first congratulations from his new deputy, Boland’s Peter Cyster.
Cricket South Africa has faced a barrage of criticism over revelations senior officials were paid undeclared bonuses after the country hosted the Indian Premier League in 2009.
In his first live interview, the president of the Border Cricket Board told SportsTalk listeners about his plans for the CSA and his devotion to the sport on Sunday.
Nenzani says the presence of South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) President Gideon Sam at the election was indicative of the compromise SASCOC and CSA have come to regarding the representation of independent members on the cricket body's board.
Following the IPL bonus scandal, Judge Chris Nicholson declared that the CSA board was to establish a 7-5 split between non-independent and independent members. Initially, SASCOC was unhappy with this decision but Nenzani says following a process of mediation all those involved now understand and accept the need for independence on the board.
STEERING THE SHIP
Nenzani has attributed his appointment as president to his membership of the committee that guided the restructuring of CSA. Having gained a better understanding of the necessary mandate, Nenzani believes his colleagues had confidence that he could steer the ship to calmer waters in the future.
Nenzani says the issues new board has to urgently address include improving governance to serve cricket better, re-establishing their relationship with the public, using the media in a reflective manner, and appointing a new chief executive officer as the acting CEO Jacques Faull will be vacating the position at the end of February.
A new sub-committee will also be created to oversee the ethical conduct amongst CSA members, affiliates and associates.
Nenzani says the board plans to find a better funding system.
MOVING BEYOND THE “MAJOLA ERA”
The Border administrator also says the new board members are committed to avoiding that kind of saga which saw Gerald Majola being fired as CEO last year.
Nenzani believes that because each member has their own individual reputation to protect, it is unlikely that cricket will see the same controversies from which they are finally emerging.
He adds that the independent members will ensure diversity and that it is not them who need the board, but CSA who needs them.
The new man at the helm says the body has learnt harsh lessons and will be compelled to do things differently.
He says he wants the country to focus on what matters most - the action on the field.