Proteas

CSA to 'do the right thing'

CSA logo (File)
CSA logo (File)

Johannesburg - Cricket SA (CSA) will host a transformation indaba in Johannesburg this weekend to ensure the game can be sustainable, it said on Thursday.

"Transformation: 'time to do the right thing', will be the theme behind our indaba," CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement.

"We have always believed in doing the right thing, with transformation being a strategic imperative."

This will be CSA's first transformation indaba since 2002 and is expected to be attended by about 150 delegates.

Topics to be covered included governance, appointment of staff, professional cricket, amateur cricket, transformation legacy, selection of teams and appointment of officials.

Nenzani said CSA owed it to South Africans to create a level playing field in the sport.

"In the past we might have been policy compliant without achieving real transformation, and the time has arrived for that to change," he said.

CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said one of his first steps since being appointed in July was to appoint Max Jordaan as CSA's dedicated transformation manager.

"One of Max's key responsibilities will be to develop appropriate measures to make us operationally effective, and to keep us accountable for delivering the transformation goals that we will agree at this indaba," Lorgat said.

He said he had been impressed by the willingness of franchise CEOs and coaches to accelerate transformation in cricket.

"Transformation must be in our hearts and minds and I have noticed a willingness from all stakeholders, in particular the Proteas, who have been a driving force in recent times," he said.

"As our senior role models they would also be the ultimate beneficiaries of all the good that we intend to achieve."

He said unless everyone involved in cricket got their hearts into it, transformation would remain an academic game.

"There have also been some fantastic initiatives recently such as the Momentum eKasi Challenge, and I hope to develop this across the country before the start of every new season," Lorgat said.

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