CSA woes ‘not the cause of snubs’

2013-07-10 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cricket South Africa (CSA) officials do not believe the board’s recent problems with corporate governance played any part in the country being snubbed for major cricket events.

Issues arose after unauthorised bonuses were paid to CSA staff after South Africa’s hosting of the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions Trophy, which resulted in the dismissal of chief executive Gerald Majola, for whom a permanent replacement has yet to be found.

When the International Cricket Council last week announced the hosts of major cricket events for the next decade at its annual conference in London last week, South Africa was not on the list for any of the big events.

According to the ESPNcricinfo website, it has led to a loss of stature for CSA at higher levels.

South Africa’s top bosses denied that the woes of the CSA board had any effect on the ICC’s scheduling.

“CSA enjoys a high standing with the ICC as our administration and organisation of major events has always been out of the top drawer,” said Naasei Appiah, CSA’s acting chief executive.

South Africa will host just two minor tournaments — the Under-19 World Cup in 2020 and the Women’s Twenty20 in 2022.

India, who hosted the last 50-overs-a-side World Cup in 2011, are scheduled to host it again in 2023, while they will also be hosting the World Twenty20 in 2016 and the World Test Championship in 2021.

“We would obviously like to host more events, but we have to bear in mind that we hosted three events in the previous decade, not to mention the IPL and the Champions League twice,” Appiah said.

He also agreed with the earlier notion that major sponsors believe they get more exposure in India and England and are, therefore, pressuring the ICC to stage big events in those countries, and SA is not being snubbed for its boardroom woes.

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