CSA tries to steady ship


The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Heinz Schenk – [email protected]­i­zen.co.za

For­mer skip­per Graeme Smith may on Wed­nes­day be named direc­tor of cricket.

Em­bat­tled Cricket South Africa (CSA) has turned to a fa­mil­iar face to do the am­bu­lance job of steer­ing the fed­er­a­tion dur­ing the in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged mis­con­duct of sus­pended chief ex­ec­u­tive Tha­bang Moroe.

Ti­tans CEO Jac­ques Faul on Satur­day was un­veiled as the man who’ll be in charge of the gov­ern­ing body in an act­ing ca­pac­ity, repris­ing the role he had in 2012-13 af­ter a com­mis­sion of in­quiry rec­om­mended the fir­ing of Ger­ald Ma­jola and a host of re­forms.

CSA pres­i­dent Chris Nen­zani said at the con­clu­sion of a spe­cial board meet­ing: “Af­ter we en­gaged Dr Faul, his mes­sage was clear: he will come in un­equiv­o­cally to lend his sup­port for the ben­e­fit of lo­cal cricket.

“He will be lead­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties of our or­gan­i­sa­tion. We couldn’t al­low a vac­uum to oc­cur. Dr Faul ticks our box for sta­bil­ity.”

For­mer Proteas wick­et­keeper and In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil chief Dave Richard­son had ini­tially been ear­marked for the role, but his re­cent re­tire­ment from the world body ruled him out.

“But he as­sured us that as a loyal South African and lover of the game, he’ll be avail­able to of­fer sup­port when re­quired by the act­ing CEO,” said Nen­zani.

“He’s more than will­ing to share ad­vice and ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The gov­ern­ing body has set aside a max­i­mum of six months for the probe into Moroe’s con­duct.

Nen­zani also con­firmed that leg­endary Proteas cap­tain Graeme Smith was ex­pected to be un­veiled as CSA’s new direc­tor of cricket on Wed­nes­day.

“I made sure from the rel­e­vant com­mit­tees that he was the pre­ferred can­di­date for the po­si­tion.

From thereon, we reached a prin­ci­ple agree­ment and then started dis­cussing con­tract de­tails.

“Those de­tails still need to be fi­nalised, but we ac­knowl­edge the need for things to move. As a re­sult, we’ve agreed to con­clude all ne­go­ti­a­tions and en­ter into an agree­ment by Wed­nes­day,” he said.

No­tably, CSA also recom­mit­ted to ur­gent com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the South African Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion and the play­ers, who had been be­com­ing steadily side­lined dur­ing Moroe’s ten­ure.

“The play­ers are very im­por­tant ... stake­hold­ers. We can’t be CSA with­out them. All the is­sues that have been raised will be at­tended to as a mat­ter of ur­gency.”

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