GCB in the dark over CSA/BCCI debacle

The Gauteng Cricket Board was kept in the dark in CSA/BCCI decision.

Cricket South Africa. Picture: CSA website

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Cricket President Thabang Moroe has told Eyewitness News that he, along with other domestic cricket presidents were kept in the dark about the decisions surrounding India's abbreviated tour to South Africa.

It was announced on Tuesday that Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had agreed the tour will go ahead, but with only two Tests and three One Day Internationals (ODIs) instead of three tests and seven ODIs, as initially scheduled.

More controversially, CSA released a statement which claims CEO Haroon Lorgat stepped down voluntarily from having involvement in any aspect of CSA's relationship with the BCCI, including but not limited to the upcoming tour.

When asked if the current CSA/BCCI saga is humiliating for CSA, Moreo says, "From Gauteng's point of view, yes it is. The fact that most President's like myself have been kept in the dark in terms of exactly what the proceedings are, makes it difficult to make your own call as it unfolds."

Moroe says the matter could have been handled differently had there been an inclusive participation from all relevant bodies.

"It's been pretty frustrating for all of us. I think we could've handled it better. I spoke to Chris Nenzani and he explained the sensitivity of the matter and how we need to have patience and trust in him as our leader. He told me he will call a meeting whereby he will lay out all the issues to discuss."

Moroe is another addition to the newly revamped Gauteng Cricket Board, which has also welcomed Greg Fredericks as its new Chief Executive.

Reigning champions in two of the countries domestic competitions, as well as a recent trip to the T20 Champions League, Moroe says he's happy with the position of the franchise at the moment.

"The franchise is definitely in good shape. Our relationship with the North West has improved a whole lot more. We've gotten to know one another more as far as directors are concerned as well as players. We're definitely in good hands.

Moroe welcomes CSA policy compelling all formats of franchise cricket domestically to see at least two black African players feature in the starting line-up but feels it should not be hurried.

"When it comes to transformation, we're in good shape. I do believe it's a good policy to introduce to cricket. I like the way it's incentivising other franchises with regards to introducing black African players.

Moroe expressed concerns around the influx of players who drop out of the sport due to numerous reasons.

"There are stumbling blocks we need to get over as far as administrating the whole game is concerned. We definitely need to go back to the drawing board to see what we can do to make sure we at least decrease the amount of players we keep on losing on a yearly basis."