Cricket South Africa in Crisis

05 Dec 2019

It’s been a week to forget for Cricket South Africa, with the under-fire governing body suffering two board member resignations and criticism from all quarters.

Board Chairperson and Finance Committee Chief Iqbal Khan was the latest to step down, citing credit card malpractice at CSA as just one of his reasons for doing so.

He became the second of the five independent directors to step down, following the earlier resignation of Professor Shirley Zinn.

Khan’s other reasons included:

- “The revoking of media accreditation (to a handful of well-known cricket-writers) was certainly unconstitutional and illegal”

- “Blaming the head of communications (Thamie Mthembu) for miscommunicating or failing to communicate effectively with the media when he is ultimately responsible for such communication ... in any event, if the CEO is or was not aware of what is happening in his office, then this aggravates his conduct”

- “There have been several resignations in the CSA office due to what they claim is a legally toxic environment”

- “Hastily organising a media conference this week and then cancelling it at the last minute”

- “Very selective communication with SACA (the South African Cricketers’ Association) and a failure to engage with them in terms of the CSA Collective Agreement with SACA”

- “The mishandling of the director of cricket issue”

- “Bringing Cricket South Africa into disrepute”

Khan’s resignation came on the same day that the South African Cricketers' Association threatened to strike over its latest issue with CSA.

That issue relates to the alleged unlawful use of player commercial rights linked to this year’s Mzansi Super League.

That’s after both parties were locked in a battle just a few months ago over last year’s player commercial rights, before that was resolved.

This just days after CSA kicked off a week to forget by revoking the accreditation of five South African cricket writers, before back-tracking and having CEO Thabang Moroe issue an apology to all cricket stakeholders, including major sponsor Standard Bank, which summoned CSA to an emergency meeting on Monday evening.

Moroe, in particular, has come in for widespread criticism, with former administrators, Dr Ali Bacher and Vince van der Bijl, calling for him to step down.

A CSA board meeting is due to take place in Johannesburg on Saturday morning.