Attempted GCB coup could fail

2012-06-05 13:56

The attempt by Gauteng cricket clubs to overthrow the Gauteng Cricket Board (GCB) could be a storm in a teacup if they do not have the majority vote.

Interim board administrator Ray Mali and four directors were fired by their shareholders in a letter delivered to the GCB offices yesterday.

The letter was signed by approximately two-thirds of the clubs, but a number of them have since withdrawn their signatures.

Cassim Dockrat, the board’s chief executive, confirmed today that the clubs had the power to fire the directors, according to the Articles of Association of Gauteng Cricket, but needed to follow the correct procedure.

“The clubs are the shareholders and have the ultimate right to fire the board, as long as the proper processes are followed,” Dockrat said.

“A decision to fire the board can be taken at a meeting of shareholders and the directors must then be given due notice.”

He said all five directors were contesting their removal from the board.

“Mali was appointed by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and is not a concern for the GCB, but the other four directors are also contesting the legality of the document,” Dockrat said.

“It is also questionable whether an actual meeting of shareholders was held as some clubs were approached individually.”

A number of the clubs that had since withdrawn their signatures were also said to be questioning the process.

The clubs wanted Cricket South Africa to rescind the decision which put the GCB under administration, when suspended Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola was still in charge, after the provincial body raised questions about the 2009 Indian Premier League contract.

Mali said it was a reasonable request but they needed to go about it in the right way.

“I’m the last one to cling to power,” Mali told Talk Radio 702. “I was never elected by the clubs but asked by CSA to administer Gauteng cricket.

“I will gladly leave with a smile but I’m here to resolve issues and I told the warring factions that I’m ready to talk.”

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