The South African Cricket Board (CSA) has been accused of government interference. If so, South Africans could be banned from international cricket.
According to the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC), government intervention in a country’s cricket board is illegal.
The South African Sports Confederation and the Olympic Committee have jointly sent a letter to the CSA, according to a report on cricket website CricketBuzz.
The letter called on top officials to step down, citing government interference in the cricket board.
According to the letter, some officials have been doing various misdeeds and corruption in the cricket board for days. Due to these activities, the confidence of the common people of the country towards cricket is declining.
“This has manifestly caused great concern and consternation amongst your own members, former and current members of the national team of the Proteas, stakeholders, sponsors, and members of the cricket-loving public. There can be no doubt that this has caused cricket to lose the trust and confidence of members of the public, stakeholders, sponsors and the players represented by SACA [the South African Cricketers’ Association]. All this has brought cricket into disrepute,” the letter added.
SASCOC further added in the letter that in the previous meetings with the CSA, they attempted to address these issues but CSA failed to “to make the… forensic report available to the SASCOC board despite promises” to do so.
“SASCOC has attempted to address these issues in two meetings with the CSA board: one was exploratory, and the other failed to take place mainly because of the fact that CSA failed to make the… forensic report available to the SASCOC board despite promises and undertakings by CSA to do so. CSA is in receipt of our letter which records that the board’s decision to make the said report available only on a limited basis to the president and board members of SASCOC, is wholly unreasonable and irrational given the apparent nature and scope of the report,” the letter added.
Both ICC and CSA are yet to officially respond to the turn of events. Last year, Zimbabwe were banned from international cricket for political interference, due to which the team missed out on qualification for the now-postponed ICC T20 World Cup.