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'CSA has one last chance to clean SA cricket up'

Willie Basson says the newly elected CSA board has one last chance to turn the organisation around.

Acting Cricket South Africa President Willie Basson says the new CSA board will need to distance itself from its dark past. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Acting Cricket South Africa (CSA) President Willie Basson on Saturday said the embattled sports body had one last chance to turn the organisation around.

CSA is due to elect a new board at its annual general meeting today - it follows months of controversy around the administration of the game and a debate around whether the chairman of the organisation should be independent or not.

Basson said the new board will need to distance itself from its dark past.

"If we do not close the book today on (that) which has brought us here; I don't think they may be a second chance if we fail to do so today.

"So let's focus completely on the task ahead and let's finish it off in style."

The CSA members' forum is expected to elect five independent and seven non-independent directors - taking cognisance of geopolitical boundaries.

The board chairperson will be the selected president of CSA; and a lead director will also be appointed from among the independent directors to guide the chairperson on issues of corporate governance.

This is largely being viewed as a departure from the structure recommended by retired judge Chris Nicholson, following his inquiry into the 2009 Indian Premier League bonus scandal.

A dispute over whether the chair should be independent or not arose last year when advocate Norman Arendse was nominated and then turned down - he took the matter to arbitration and won.

Cricket administration in the country has been rocked by repeated controversies over the past few years and the new board will inherit a raft of challenges.