No commitment to apology for Nyoka

2012-03-21 15:59

Acting Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Dr Willie Basson said he couldn’t commit the board to apologising to former CSA president, Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka.

Nyoka was ousted twice after pushing for an independent inquiry into Indian Premier League (IPL) bonuses.

The Nicholson inquiry has since vindicated Nyoka.

Said acting CSA president Dr Willie Basson: “I do not want to commit the board to a pronouncement on that issue. An apology to the public of South Africa was raised at (a) press conference on Saturday. I am sure the issue will surface at the next board meeting on March 30 and it will be addressed appropriately,” he said.

Basson told journalists at a press briefing today that repairing the CSA’s image would be a priority as they try to pick up the pieces after the IPL bonus scandal which threw the body into turmoil.

“CSA is under no illusion that cricket is beleaguered and that its image and reputation has been dented over an extended period of time. The inherent robustness of the system, the strength of its regional structures in place, together with the quality of its human resources base has proven over many years that the capacity to deal with the problem exists,” he said.

“The process will require cool heads, a high level of professionalism, above average teamwork and a systematic approach to resolve the burning issues facing the organisation while at the same time laying the foundation for a‘re-invented’ cricket system.”

Basson was elected to his position after a board meeting on Saturday.

North West chief executive Jacques Faul was appointed acting CSA CEO until an annual general meeting in September.

As for Judge Chris Nicholson’s recommendations, Basson said the report was his personal responsibility to evaluate.

He said he could not comment on the issue of the matter being handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority. “We will address the board. We have our own ideas about how to move forward. We will put it to the board. We will debate and discuss and action will be taken,” he said.

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