Johannesburg -South Africa’s national cricket team, the Proteas, has called on members of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) board to take their administrative responsibilities seriously in order to save the game from collapse.
The calls for governance reform by senior cricketers came after CSA postponed Saturday’s crucial AGM at which a new president and board were to be elected.
The CSA officials said the postponement was due to lack of proper arrangements since there was need to review the governance model and reconfigure the organisational structure.
Players have, however, accused the leadership of putting politics and self-interest ahead of the growth of the game.
The players said the September 5, 2020 meeting may have been the last chance to change direction and save the game.
Last week CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe was dismissed after a damming forensic audit report that is yet to be made public.
The forensic probe reportedly raised several issues of misconduct at board level.
In a joint statement, both male and female national team players openly attacked the CSA, saying the organisation had been the subject of successive damning reports since 2016.
“Suspensions, dismissals, resignations, forensic audits, confidential leaks; litigation and financial mismanagement have dominated the cricket headlines.
“This is happening at a time when we are having challenging conversations about transformation and in an environment where the financial viability of the game is under major threat,” said the players.
The Proteas also said: “High standards are expected of us as players. To succeed as Proteas teams, we know we have to put aside personal differences and work together.”We require the same of our administrators. Politics and self-interest appear to trump cricket imperatives and good governance.
“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.
“The Proteas teams must be strong, the domestic structure must be strong, and the transformation pipeline must be strong, we demand that this be the focus of the CSA Board and Operational Team,” added the players.
The signatories to the statement included captain Faf du Plessis and women’s national team captain Dane van Niekerk.
Others were Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Anrich Nortje, Ayabonga Khaka, Beuran Hendricks, Chloe Tryon, Dané van Niekerk, David Miller, Dean Elgar, Dwaine Pretorius, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Lungi Ngidi, Marizanne Kapp, Masabatha Klaas, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Sune Luus, Tabraiz Shamzi, Temba Bavuma, Trisha Chetty and Tumi Sekhukhune.