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Nicholson stands by his CSA recommendations

Judge Chris Nicholson says his recommendations for the CSA board are tried and tested in several countries.

Judge Chris Nicholson says his recommendations for the CSA board are tried and tested in several countries. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Judge Chris Nicholson on Friday said he gave Cricket South Africa (CSA) guidelines to structure its board of directors and he was standing by his recommendations.

At the request of Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Nicholson chaired an inquiry into CSA's leadership and a bonus scandal which marred the administration of the sport.

The bonus scandal centred on the staging of the 2009 Indian Premier League, with allegations that some senior cricket executives received bonuses improperly.

But CSA appeared to have ignored Nicholson's recommendations in constituting its board and are instead going in the direction of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

Nicholson recommended a leadership model that was accepted in Australia and New Zealand - a trimmed down board, with a majority of independent administrators.

But CSA is doing the opposite by choosing to expand its board over the next 18 months with a majority of non-independent sports people.

Nicholson said he did not want to comment publically on this latest development as he felt his report spoke for itself.

The judge said he stood by guidelines he suggested for the game.

He said he had not proposed anything new as the model he suggested was already at work in other countries.

Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy welcomed the move by CSA, adding that if the cricket body did not follow its recommendations they would have forced it to do so.

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