12.12.2019 02:02 pm
Momentum says it’s confident that the embattled federation will ‘understand our views’.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has been given until the end of the current season to get its house in order or risk losing another major sponsor.
One stakeholder that’s had enough is Standard Bank, which announced that it will end its sponsorship of the men’s national cricket team on April 30, 2020.
The controversial CEO has been under intense pressure to resign, though various observers argue that the federation’s decision-making body is just as culpable.
But players union Saca joins the chorus baying for CSA chief Thabang Moroe and his board’s blood.
With a four-year, R654 million deficit to plug, the federation is rumoured to be going belly-up if it can’t secure new funding for the Proteas and it’s development programme.
Two crucial meetings, one of CSA’s members council and Saca’s player executive committee, could force the federation’s hand to make reforms.
‘Cricket’s questionable management has left us with sub-standard coaches, little overall financial investment in the game and poor on-field results,’ De Villiers says.
Cricket SA’s CEO Thabang Moroe is out of his depth and must take the fall for the mess the body is in, says ex-president amid growing calls for Moroe to go.
He, however, believes that the Board and Members Council itself are even more at fault as a major contributor to the predicament that the organisation currently finally finds itself in.
Willowton Group, known for its Sunfoil brand, is a major player in the federation’s development programmes and is demanding urgent action.
Independent director Iqbal Khan, who also chaired the federation’s finance committee, believes the situation has become ‘untenable’.
The South African Cricketers Association says the players are still being sidelined when it comes to operational matters at the federation.
The CSA chief sent a demanded apology to Sanef following the revoking of accreditation of five prominent writers.
The embattled federation keeps its one major sponsor, but loses a critical independent voice on its board.
Both men were independent directors at the embattled governing body recently and have criticised the board for lacking responsibility.