CSA tries to steady ship
ACTING CEO: FAUL STEPS UP TO THE CREASE TO BAT FOR CRICKET SA
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.”