South Africa government takes command over cricket in the country after suspending cricketing body CSA

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The government of South Africa have taken command of all cricketing activities in the cricket. The country’s Olympic body has suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) with full play in the process. 

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According to a report from Cricbuzz, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) have sent to CSA regarding the suspension which sees the members of CSA higher executives step aside so that a task team can conduct a thorough investigation to deduce the truth behind several instances of malpractices that have taken place since December 2019. The letter from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) stated:

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“The CSA board and those senior executives who serve ex-officio on the board (the company secretary, the acting CEO, the CFO and the COO) are directed to step aside from the administration of CSA on full pay” pending the outcome of a month-long investigation by a task team into what SASCOC termed “many instances of maladministration and malpractice that have occurred since at least December 2019”.

“This has manifestly caused great concern and consternation amongst your own members, former and current members of the national team of the Proteas, stakeholders, sponsors, and members of the cricket-loving public,” the letter said. “There can be no doubt that this has caused cricket to lose the trust and confidence of members of the public, stakeholders, sponsors and the players represented by SACA [the South African Cricketers’ Association]. All this has brought cricket into disrepute.” 

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The governing body SASCOC oversees the relationship between the state and sport federations and thus have complete authority to suspend the Cricket South Africa(CSA). The decision to suspend the cricketing body was taken after a unanimous vote was passed after a meeting was conducted on Tuesday.

The biggest implication that the move would see will be the possibility of South Africa being absent from the International circuit since ICC discourages government interference in any form whatsoever.

“SASCOC has attempted to address these issues in two meetings with the CSA board: one was exploratory, and the other failed to take place mainly because of the fact that CSA failed to make the… forensic report available to the SASCOC board despite promises and undertakings by CSA to do so. CSA is in receipt of our letter which records that the board’s decision to make the said report available only on a limited basis to the president and board members of SASCOC, is wholly unreasonable and irrational given the apparent nature and scope of the report.”

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