There is a threat looming over Cricket South Africa as it is learned that the organization can face interventions from the sports minister Nathi Mthethwa. The move can be inspired by the fact that CSA has denied agreeing to the new agreement passed by the government, the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) which sets a blueprint for a majority of independent boards.
Amidst the current issues, the three National cricket captains of South Africa including the likes of Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, and Dan van Niekerk have signed a joint statement expressing their concern over the feud. The captains have urged the CSA to solve the matter as the government intervention can result in the International Cricket Council (ICC) banning South Africa from participating in the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in India in October-November.
ICC doesn’t favor government intervention in cricket activities and in the same regard can take some serious action against the CSA. Thus, the Proteas cricketers are scared that the current feud between CSA and South Africa government will have dire consequences.
“At a time when we should be enthusiastic about the future, we have to be concerned about the future (of the game). The Proteas Men’s team has an ICC World T20 event in November. The current state of cricket administration undermines our preparation in this regard. It may even lead to our suspension from”.
“The right to represent South Africa may be withdrawn and the ICC may suspend Cricket South Africa. These outcomes will in turn impact touring, broadcast rights, and sponsorship deals. Ultimately, the financial viability of the game will suffer and cricket at all levels will be severely prejudiced,” the players said in the joint statement as quoted by The New Indian Express.
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