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Thu Apr 17 17:27:10 SAST 2014

Cricket SA bats on a difficult wicket

TELFORD VICE | 23 October, 2012 06:530 Comments
CSA Board Media Briefing
Willie Basson during a CSA media briefing in Sandton on July 13, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

Cricket South Africa's annual meeting, which is scheduled for Saturday, is set to be postponed as the organisation tries to put out several fires.

Days after hoping it had put the bonus scandal to bed by sacking Gerald Majola as the chief executive, Cricket SA faces fresh controversy over the make-up of the restricted board.

Former president Norman Arendse has declared a dispute with the South African Sports and Olympic Committee after the independent nominations committee chose him to be Cricket SA's new chairman - only for the board to veto this decision.

It is also believed Sascoc fears the new board lacks sufficient independence.

"The dispute is now clearly so wide that the whole board is virtually implicated," Arendse said yesterday.

"I hope Sascoc directs Cricket SA to postpone the entire elections scheduled for October 27."

Asked if Cricket SA was considering postponing the annual meeting, acting president Willie Basson said: "We're looking at the legal advice, and whether the meeting will or won't take place will depend on what transpires in the next 24 hours."

"We owe it to Mr Arendse that he has the opportunity to deal with the aggrieved position in which he finds himself in a way that is appropriate, and not in the way we have done things in the past.

"It's a dynamic situation that we find ourselves in with everything that's going around," he said.

"It would be very unwise and unprofessional to just doggedly carry on.

"I'm monitoring the situation very carefully because we do not want to precipitate a situation where we are doing the wrong thing."

The board members said Arendse is ineligible to serve as an independent director because he is an honorary life member of the Western Province Cricket Association, and has thus violated the criterion that he should have had no contact with cricket in the past three years.

In his letter to Sascoc, Arendse challenged the independence of Louis von Zeuner, the Absa deputy group chief executive who is due to be installed as Cricket SA's chairman on Saturday, on the grounds that Absa sponsors several cricket stadiums in South Africa and that some of the provincial affiliates have financial relationships with the bank.

Sascoc president Gideon Sam was not available for comment.

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