Cricket South Africa avoided potential ICC ban after introducing new structure

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) have avoided a potential ban on international cricket matches as the interim board and decision-making members’ council say they have reached an agreement to resolve all outstanding issues and “a crisis has been averted”. Earlier, the governing body received threats from the country’s sports minister, a move that breaches the International Cricket Council (ICC) rulings.

Cricket South Africa’s members’ council and interim board announced that an agreement had been reached on a new governance model. “The members’ council and the Board are very pleased to announce that a crisis has been averted and agreement has been reached on all those outstanding issues,” said the joint statement.

The agreement came shortly after the country’s sports minister Nathi Mthethwa threatens to ban the cricket governing body and invoke the powers available to him, in terms of the National Sports and Recreation Act. It relates to the failure of the members, comprising the 14 Presidents of South Africa’s provincial cricket union, to agree on governance reforms at a special general meeting held last weekend.

Mthethwa’s threat to ban Cricket SA as the sport’s governing body in the country would mean the South African men’s team’s tour to the West Indies in June and the national women’s team’s trip to England later this year. Government intervention is unlikely to be well received by the ICC, who have the power to suspend South Africa from international cricket.

The statement added that meeting of CSA’s two factions resolved that a new memorandum of incorporation would be adopted within 48 hours in terms of South Africa’s Companies Act. Rihan Richards, Acting President of the Members’ Council, claimed the Members’ Council was pleased to have been part of a “thorough and fruitful consultative” process.

“Today is a historic day for cricket in South Africa and we look forward to being part of a new governance structure for cricket and playing our part in ensuring sound administration of the game we hold so dear,” said Richards. “We have now successfully managed to fulfil the mandate given to us by Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa.”

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