Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Members Council has announced that it will not be appointing the Interim Board. 

Following engagements and a meeting between the Members Council, Minister Nathi Mthethwa, and members of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture on Sunday, the Members Council have written to the minister to raise concerns about the proposed Interim Board.

Matters include several unresolved issues; overstepping and disregarding agreed upon duties, responsibilities and lines of accountability; and ultimately, a breakdown in the relationship between the Members Council and the propose Interim Board.

Despite CSA and the Members’ Council’s attempts to constructively engage members of the proposed Interim Board, unresolved matters including a conflict of interest relating to:

A proposed member of the Interim Board;

Opposition to outlined roles

Responsibilities and reporting lines as outlined in the MOI

Unprofessional conduct

Non-cooperation

Misalignment between the Members Council and the Interim Board remain, contrary to the arrangements agreed to by the parties.

However, despite its decision not to appoint the Interim Board, the Members Council have vowed to resolve the issues afflicting the cricket body, and take the necessary steps to ensure that the concerns, which Minister Mthethwa and SASCOC have previously raised, are addressed efficiently and professionally.  

“The Members Council embarked on a process last month to facilitate the resignation of the then-incumbent board members of CSA, to appoint an Interim Board that would work collaboratively with all stakeholders,” Acting CSA president Rihan Richards said on behalf of the Members Council.

“The main objective of the new Interim Board was to work closely with the Members Council and CSA executives, to achieve necessary change within the organisation and to take cricket forward until a new board is elected at the annual general meeting.  

“Following the rights afforded to the Members Council by CSA’s Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI), certain individuals remained on the board of CSA until the formal appointment of a Board of Directors.  

“While the logical next step would have been for the Members Council to appoint the Interim Board if they were nominated to the board of directors of CSA, and as outlined in the MOI of the organisation. The MOI governs the relationship between the board and its members, as well as the roles of the Members Council and that of the Board.  

Richard further explained that had such a relationship continued, CSA would have failed to ensure that it acts in the public interest at all times as these concerns have severely reduced their focus on key business, which is to develop cricket.  

“As the Members Council of CSA, we have a responsibility to ensure compliance with legal and corporate governance requirements in the administration of cricket and the organisation, and a duty to cricket supporters to uplift and develop the game. We further also have a duty to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in terms of its articles of association,” continued Richards. 

As the propositioned Interim Board has not been appointed as directors of CSA, they have no legal standing concerning the company.

“The Interim Board has therefore been requested not to continue representing themselves as representative of CSA as they have no such authority and we expect that they will not continue to do so,” continued Richards.

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