CSA optimistic about ICC reforms

President Chris Nenzani will appear before Parliament to discuss the reforms.

Cricket South Africa voted in favour of the ICC reforms at a Special Meeting of the ICC Council in Singapore. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Cricket South Africa (CSA) President Chris Nenzani will appear before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Sport in Cape Town on Tuesday.

He will discuss the CSA's decision to back reform proposals by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Nenzani is expected to discuss the implication of the changes and what it will mean for South Africa.

The Pakistan and Sri Lankan Boards opted to abstain from voting in Saturday's Special Meeting of the ICC in Singapore.

Many analysts believe the reforms effectively put India, England and Australia in charge of the game.

The restructuring will see the "big three" pocket a greater share of ICC revenue and occupy key posts within the governing body.

Speaking to Eyewitness News Sport on Monday afternoon, Nenzani says he doesn't believe the decision taken reduces South Africa to a second-tier cricketing nation.

"Moving on from the challenges that we have had over the last two to three years, at some point we have moved away from the centre stage of the ICC. We had an element of instability and unfortunately, it was not by design. I think the key role therefore for us is to move ourselves back to the centre stage."

The CSA president said that they had to make concessions for the good of the game, which leaves him with mixed emotions.

"I think it's a mixture of emotions because if you look at what is happening and taking place within the ICC, the ICC is going through a period of restructuring. During that time, challenges surely would emanate. Those challenges require us as the leadership to effectively confront them."

Nenzani admitted that he sympathises with concerns over the future of the game in South Africa.

But he attempted to allay the fears of the cricket-supporting public.

"I don't think we need to necessarily be agitated and nervous about this. It is a milestone along the road towards the restructuring of the ICC."

Nenzani says CSA will now use the reforms as a launching pad to catapult back to being one of the game's commercial powers.

"We try to put the interests of Cricket South Africa first and see how best those interests are served. From that base, we continue our duties as a member of the ICC, and contribute from a position of strength within the ICC."