Former boss Faul acknowledges 'too many whites' in top Cricket SA jobs: 'It's something I regret'

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  • Former Cricket South Africa chief executive officer Jacques Faul believes there were too many whites involved in top positions at CSA at the time of his appointment in December 2019.
  • Faul had replaced Thabang Moroe at a tumultuous time for the organisation.
  • Faul also said the dropping of Temba Bavuma at the same time wasn't handled very well.

Titans chief executive officer Jacques Faul says the raft of appointments of white males into senior positions at Cricket South Africa in the chaotic December 2019 period wasn't good for the organisation's transformation optics.

Testifying at the CSA Cricket for Social Justice and Nation-building hearings on Thursday, Faul, who acted as CSA's CEO on two occasions, with his second tenure being his most challenging one, said the appointments of Mark Boucher as Proteas coach and Graeme Smith as the director of cricket sent out the wrong message.

Boucher's controversial and still-questioned appointment as coach in 2019 as Enoch Nkwe's replacement was followed up by the appointments of Jacques Kallis and Paul Harris as batting and spin consultants, respectively. 

The late 2019 chaos had seen Faul take over as CEO after Thabang Moroe was suspended, alongside a raft of resignations by independent board members.

"Kallis and Harris were only consultants, so they came and went, but we didn't anticipate that we'd be viewed as a white takeover," Faul said.

"If I knew this was going to be the case, I wouldn't have taken up the position. The appointments that were made were for cricketing reasons, but there were too many whites involved.

"The optics were totally wrong. We should have been politically more sensitive. It's something I regret.

"Were they procedurally wrong? No. Did a majority black board approve the appointments? Yes."

One of the sticking points Faul had to deal with in the early stages of his second tenure was the dropping of current limited-overs skipper Temba Bavuma from the Test squad for the 2019/20 series against England.

Bavuma's dropping was exacerbated by Faf du Plessis's comments of not seeing colour, igniting an already brewing transformation firestorm.

Bavuma had missed the first Test of the series through injury, but was dropped for the New Year's Test in Cape Town.

Faul admitted that the Bavuma moment that he discussed with skipper's father was an emotionally insensitive moment that could have been avoided.

"Temba was injured for the first Test, but dropped for the second and I met with his dad at the long room at Newlands," Faul said.

"I met a father that I could see was hurt and I had to face him. It was the feeling of a headmaster catching you for doing something wrong.

"I could see the pain and he asked whether his son will play for the Proteas and I said I think he will and he could be the Proteas captain.

"We had a civil conversation and when his son become Proteas captain, he called and told me and I heard the joy in his voice."

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