Proteas captain Elgar on Cricket SA's new beginning: 'We can't go back to what we had'

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South African opening batsman Dean Elgar (AFP)
South African opening batsman Dean Elgar (AFP)
  • Proteas Test captain Dean Elgar hoped that the appointment of a new Cricket South Africa board will put the game first.
  • Saturday's annual general meeting that was continued on Wednesday finalised the appointment of the 15-person board that has a majority of independents.
  • Elgar is still sweating on Temba Bavuma's fitness ahead of the second Test against the West Indies that starts on Friday in St Lucia.

Proteas Test captain Dean Elgar hoped that the appointment of a new board will finally put the game first and will bring a new dawn.

On Saturday and Wednesday, the appointment of Cricket South Africa's majority independent board was completed at its long-awaited annual general meeting.

The appointment of former CSA president and lead independent director Norman Arendse on Wednesday finalised the eight-person independent side of the board.

The non-independent section was fully elected on Saturday with Rihan Richards and Donovan May being elected as president and vice-president respectively.

Elgar said his position as Test captain meant he needs to be in the loop with regards to such developments.

"I hope there is going to be a new era and a new dawn. We can't go back to what we had," Elgar said.

"It doesn't treat the game in a very good light, but being in this job as Test captain, I was always going to be involved in these kinds of chats.

"I'm not a boardroom specialist, neither am I a politician. I'm a cricket player and a Proteas captain and that's all I care about.

"I'd like to say that I trust the new structure going forward and cricket needs to be put first again, whereas it was in a bad back seat.

Elgar's sentiments were echoed by the South African Cricketers Association, who through their chief executive officer Andrew Breetzke said they were looking forward to working constructively with the new board.

"Our game has suffered immense damage and the appointment of the new Board of Directors has itself been a challenging and complex process," Breetzke said in a statement.

"Saca is looking forward to a constructive relationship with the new Board, where the interests of cricket can again be the focus of all stakeholders

"In addition to the immediate issues of appointing a new CEO, the financial sustainability of the game and transformation, the new Board must look to regain the confidence of the public, players and stakeholders."

Back to on-field matters, Elgar said Temba Bavuma's fitness  for the second Test that starts on Friday in St Lucia was still a matter of debate and changes will be made based on that.

"We have to wait on Temba's fitness and I'm not sure how that is going. He's the only selection issue we have," Elgar said.

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