CSA interim board officially appointed

A temporary Cricket South Africa (CSA) board iill take charge of cricket in the country alongside the members council, CSA interim chairman and former Judge Zak Yacoob confirmed.

During an interview with TimesLIVE, the ex-Constitutional Court Judge confirmed the new leadership structure will not be governed by, but will report to the membership council, which is made up of the 14 regional CSA presidents.

Sports Ministry will keep watchful eye

“The interim board will now take charge of the operations and carry out its mandate while the members council‚ as the shareholders‚ will play the oversight role‚” the 72-year-old said.

“The interim board will be open to ideas but we will not be told by the members council or anyone what to do and what not to do.

“We will consult the members council and relevant stakeholders from time to time on certain aspects but we will not be seeking permission or approval from them each time [when we have to execute certain things at CSA.

“We will also keep the sports ministry and the portfolio committee updated on developments wherever necessary.”

Acting CSA president Rihan Richards, who is also the Northern Cape Cricket boss, spoke of the “clear understanding of roles and responsibilities [between the interim board and the members council] for the immediate future of CSA” which forms the foundation of temporary board’s instructions.

“In the spirit of the CSA vision‚ the members’ council considers the engagements with the interim board on the way forward‚ a leap in the right direction and anticipates cricket to be the winner as a result,” Richards told the same publication.

The other members of the board, appointed and announced by sports‚ arts and culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, are Haroon Lorgat‚ Omphile Ramela‚ Judith February‚ Professor Andre Odendaal‚ Dr Stavros Nicolaou‚ Xolani Vonya‚ Andile Mbatha and Caroline Mampuru.

A change of heart

Last week, the members council rejected the interim board and accused it of undermining the council’s authority, but seemingly had a change of heart after the Ministry stepped in.

February, who is a governance specialist and lawyer by trade, described the appointment as a positive step.

“The interim board regards this as a positive step and looks forward to work together to achieving the desired results‚” said February.