Beresford Williams (Gallo)
The International Cricket Council
(ICC) is monitoring the situation at Cricket South Africa (CSA) after
the country’s sports minister Nathi Mthethwa on Wednesday morning confirmed plans to intervene in
the governance of the game.
CSA has endured a testing month
with government and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic
Committee (Sascoc) having grown increasingly prominent in the affairs of the
Sascoc and the sports portfolio
committee have instructed the CSA leadership – including acting CEO Kugandrie
Govender, acting president Beresford Williams and the entire board – to stand
down while a Sascoc task team takes over the running of the organisation.
It has left CSA reeling, with the
Fundudzi forensic report that sought to unpack the leadership issues that have
plagued the organisation also central in the developments of the last
Administratively, CSA is fighting
for its life, but of even greater concern to cricket fans will be how this all
impact on the national team.
In a statement on Wednesday, the
ICC acknowledged receipt of Mthethwa’s intentions.
“The ICC has received a
letter from the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture in South Africa giving
notice of potential intervention into the matters of Cricket South
Africa,” a spokesperson said.
“At this stage, no complaint
has been received from Cricket South Africa regarding government intervention
and Members are encouraged to resolve matters directly with their governments.
We will continue to monitor the situation.”
The ICC’s constitution prohibits
governmental or political interference in the running of its member councils
and, in extreme circumstances, such interference can result in a member council
losing its place at the ICC table.
Such a suspension would see the
national teams of that council sidelined from major ICC tournaments and
The good news, though, is that
CSA have not yet filed a formal complaint to the ICC citing such government
interference. That would need to happen before the ICC considered taking any
The ICC, for now, is instead
encouraging CSA and government to work together to resolve any issues before
the 27 October deadline that Mthethwa has given CSA to make any written
submissions with reasons why he should not intervene.
The ICC can intervene without a
formal complaint from its member council, but that would only happen in extreme