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South Africa cricket jolted: SA Olympic Committee suspends CSA, faces possible ICC ban

South Africa cricket jolted: SA Olympic Committee suspends CSA

Johannesburg, September 11: The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) on Thursday (September 11) took control of cricket in that country, suspending the Cricket South Africa, a move that could bring along massive ramifications including possible suspension of SA from international cricket.

"The CSA board and those senior executives who serve ex-officio on the board (the company secretary, the acting CEO, the CFO and the COO) are directed to step aside from the administration of CSA on full pay" pending the outcome of a month-long investigation by a task team," the SASCOC said in a letter as reported by Cricbuzz.

"Many instances of maladministration and malpractice that have occurred since at least December 2019. 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 further said.

In release, the Cricket South Africa (CSA) said they were exploring legal options against the SASCOC move.

"CSA, including its Members' Council, does not agree with the resolution taken by SASCOC and has not had the opportunity to engage with SASCOC on various issues raised in the communication.

"In addition, CSA is taking legal advice regarding the basis on which SASCOC has sought to intervene in the business affairs of CSA. CSA does, however, commit to engaging further with SASCOC to understand its position and to find common ground with it in the best interests of cricket. The Members' Council and the Directors of the Board of CSA will hold a joint workshop this weekend to discuss critical matters," the CSA said.

The ICC is yet to respond to the development but South Africa could face suspension from international arena because as per the global governing body's rules government interference in cricket is not allowed.

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Story first published: Friday, September 11, 2020, 10:50 [IST]
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