CSA: No deal cut for ICC vote

Chris Nenzani defended CSA’s decision to back controversial ICC reforms in Parliament on Tuesday.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo and CSA president Chris Nenzani. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - No deal was cut with the International Cricket Council (ICC) or any other member to pass controversial reform proposals, Cricket South Africa (CSA)'s President Chris Nenzani said on Tuesday.

He made the comments before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Sport in Cape Town.

In Saturday's crucial vote, South Africa surprised many by voting for the proposals which hand significant power to India, England and Australia.

Sri Lankan and Pakistani cricket authorities abstained from the vote.

Nenzani insists he carried out the sole mandate given to him by CSA and its stakeholders.

"No deal was struck and we continue to engage with everybody. Our task as a nation and as a cricketing organisation is to ensure that there is cricket. Those are the deals that we are talking about, like getting Australia to come and play us over a certain period. At no point did anyone say 'If you don't do this, we won't do that'. There were no deals cut."

The CSA president says despite the situation not being ideal, relations between the various boards remained good.

"We as CSA had serious discomfort over the proposals as they were initially presented to us. But as there have been some improvements, which we believe to be fundamental, we are now able say we can live with it. I don't think there is necessarily any animosity, rather a difference of opinion over issues that were put on the table."

He says they've also asked the ICC to reconsider the fact that South Africa wouldn't host any official events for the foreseeable future.

"We have made a point in our letter of submission that we are not comfortable with the fact that we are not hosting any major event until after 2022. We are still engaging with the ICC on those issues and I think it will be a continual discussion."

Nenzani says the initial ICC proposal contained a particularly scary proposal, which was struck off in the final draft.

"The chairpersonship of the ICC, the finance and commercial affairs committee and the new ExCo, would be held by representatives of the ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board], BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] and Cricket Australia in perpetuity.

"The current proposal says that there will be a transitional period and after 2016, normal elections will take place."