The South African Cricketers Association (SACA) has expressed disappointment at Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s decision to strip Cricket South Africa of national recognition.
This means that the Proteas will not be recognised as South Africa’s national cricket team and that CSA will be stripped as the authority to run the sport in the country.
Mthethwa’s decision came after the CSA members council voted not to implement a new memorandum of incorporation which would have meant having more independent directors and an independent chairman.
ACA CEO Andrew Breetzke says, “It’s obviously a dark day in the history of cricketing in SA where there is a ministerial intervention to the extent that CSA has been stripped off their power to govern the game. It is unprecedented and it places the sport in peril.”
“Obviously, we are disappointed, but having said that, I think it was probably unavoidable if you have been following events over the past 5-6 months that we might end up at this point and sadly we have reached that point,” he adds.
Mthethwa loses patience with CSA, de-recognises the federation
Mthethwa informed the Members Council and the Interim Board that he is invoking Section 13 of the National Sports and Recreation Act.
It means that once it is gazetted, CSA will no longer be recognised as the controlling body of cricket in the country.
It will be gazetted as soon as possible.
The move will have a profound effect on all the national teams, which will no longer be recognised as representative teams of South Africa.
CSA may no longer be recognised as the controlling body of cricket in SA: