They're meant to be the anonymous men and women behind the scenes who just quietly get things done so the players can go out and shine. But for the past year or so, this hasn’t been the case at Cricket South Africa (CSA). As the professional body lurched from one crisis to the next, the administrators of the sport have been hogging the headlines amid allegations of gross mismanagement, incompetence and heated infighting.
You know things are bad when there are repeated calls for the entire board of directors of an organisation to resign. Yet they all dug in their heels and refused to go. Top-level players were so frustrated about the state of play that they penned an open letter accusing officials of putting “politics and self-interest” before the sport.
“Decisions must be made that are in the best interests of cricket, failing which the game we love may be irreparably damaged in this country,” wrote the players, who included 30 international stars from both the men’s and women’s teams.