CSA faces its rubicon

2012-03-29 11:39

Cricket SA (CSA) admits it will face a crossroads when its board of directors meets in Johannesburg tomorrow to discuss recommendations made by a ministerial inquiry.

“It is going to be a very important meeting and they’ll have some important decisions that need to be taken,” said CSA spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith.

“It is pretty well known out there that there are a lot of issues from the Nicholson report that need to be addressed, and there are a lot of other recommendations that need to be considered.”

The board has already acted on retired judge Chris Nicholson’s recommendation to Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula that CSA chief executive Gerald Majola should be suspended.

Majola was sidelined from his post for one year – pending the outcome of a disciplinary inquiry – at a CSA board meeting in Johannesburg two weeks ago.

The CSA board is expected to make a decision tomorrow on the composition of the committee to investigate Majola.

“There is a lot of the Nicholson report that needs to be discussed still,” Owen-Smith said.

“We have to give the president a mandate for the next ICC meeting in April and discuss the Lord Woolf report [International Cricket Council’s independent governance review, headed by Lord Woolf]”.

“There are a lot of cricket matters on the agenda so it is going to be a pretty long meeting.”

The CSA board agreed at its last meeting to adopt the recommendations of the Nicholson inquiry, and has been told to report back to Mbalula next month on the decisions it has taken regarding Nicholson’s recommendations.

“The board must take the decisions and must communicate and report to the minister by April 8. That is the deadline and we will meet that,” Owen-Smith said.

Acting CSA president Willie Basson said days after he was named as a replacement for acting president AK Khan, who stepped down shortly before the board last met, that the recommendations would be carefully studied before decisions were made.

The Nicholson committee also recommended that CSA elect a smaller board, with a majority of independent, professionally skilled, non-executive directors.

The committee further proposed that the board should consist of nine non-executive directors, to be voted for by the affiliates, with each director needing two thirds support from the affiliates.

The other directors should consist of a CEO, a treasurer and a secretary.

“Obviously, amendments will have to be made to the present CSA constitution to bring about this restructuring,” the committee said.

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