Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
2 minute read
11 Jun 2021
3:15 pm

CSA’s AGM: Who will the eight independent directors be?

Ken Borland

The Interim Board of CSA has had no input into the eight nominations that the panel will present on Saturday.

Dr Stavros Nicolaou, chairman of the interim board of Cricket SA, will hand over the reins to a new independent board on Saturday, following the long-awaited AGM. Picture: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Cricket South Africa’s long-awaited AGM will take place on Saturday from 10am and the Independent Nominations Panel will be responsible for appointing the eight independent directors to serve on the new 15-person Board.

The Members Council will also elect five of their representatives to become non-independent directors.

Dr Stavros Nicolaou, the chairman of the Interim Board, revealed on Friday at the handover of their report to sports minister Nathi Mthethwa that the nominations panel was headed by the chairman of the Institute of Directors Muhammad Seedat, and the six members included such well-known cricket figures as former first-class cricketer and match referee, attorney Enver Mall, former ICC and CSA president Ray Mali, and former Proteas pace bowler David Terbrugge.

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Nicolaou stressed that the Interim Board had no input into the eight nominations that the panel will present on Saturday, except for establishing the parameters around which the members of the Independent Nominations Panel were appointed.

The tenure of the Interim Board will come to an end at the AGM.

“It’s been six months of intense work trying to unscramble many years of problems,” Nicolaou said. “Our report contains our learnings and recommendations for the future, and is a template for the next board, hopefully a springboard to more effective executive management. It’s a foundation for the future and that’s most important.

“Our mandate was not just about cricket, it was much bigger than that as Minister Mthethwa highlighted when he first met with us at the end of October. Sport cuts cross every facet of our lives and if cricket fails then it has a much wider impact than just for sport.”

Members Council says Thank You

Rihan Richards, the acting president of the Members Council that was mostly at loggerheads with the Interim Board and the Minister, thanked both Mthethwa and Nicolaou “for what you have done for cricket”.

“We are entering into a new era for cricket, this will change the face of cricket completely. This is just a report until it is implemented and now we have to take it forward. I don’t anticipate any problems with that at the AGM,” Richards said.