JOHANNESBURG: Acting president Beresford Williams and five other Cricket South Africa board members have resigned over threats of the government intervention in the board’s affairs.
Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa had threatened on October 14 that he would intervene directly in CSA’s affairs unless the board provided him with reasons in writing why he should not get involved, by Oct 27.
The board members believed that the intervention would place sanctions on CSA from the International Cricket Council.
An interim committee is likely to be formed as South Africa are schedule to play T20 series against England in less than a month.
The CSA in a tweet said Mr Williams was deeply passionate about cricket and because of his love for the game he had resigned because it was the best way he could currently serve cricket. The Members’ Council received and accepted resignations from board members.
After the Members’ Council had deliberated and resolved that in order to best serve the interest of cricket in South Africa, the entire board should resign – which they did. All independent and non-independent directors have now resigned.
The Members’ Council thanked every member who diligently served on the board and selflessly sacrificed their time for extended and often, overwhelming periods, to assist Cricket South Africa.
The Members’ Council appreciated their commitment to cricket and despite the turbulent economic climate, CSA, under their leadership, received an unqualified audit for the financial year ending 30 April 2020. The council wished them well in their future endeavours.