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South African cricket on the verge of ICC suspension

In an unprecedented move that can have a severe repercussion on the future of South African cricket, the South African government has taken control of game’s administration in the country on Friday (September 10). As per media reports the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has directed the Cricket South Africa (CSA) to step aside.

As per the Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and / or administration for cricket respectively.

Hence, if the decision of SASCOC (which reports directly to South African government) is not reversed then ICC could suspend South Africa from all forms of international cricket.

Meanwhile, CSA released a media statement in which the board has decided not to agree with this recent development and its members will take legal advice against the SASCOC resolution. CAS has also assured the supports of South African cricket that it will find a “common ground” to resolve this crisis.

“Cricket South Africa (CSA) has received the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee’s (SASCOC) communication pertaining to various resolutions which SASCOC has passed in relation to CSA.

CSA, including its Members’ Council, does not agree with the resolution taken by SASCOC and has not had the opportunity to engage with SASCOC on various issues raised in the communication.

In addition, CSA is taking legal advice regarding the basis on which SASCOC has sought to intervene in the business affairs of CSA. CSA does, however, commit to engaging further with SASCOC to understand its position and to find common ground with it in the best interests of cricket.

The Members’ Council and the Directors of the Board of CSA will hold a joint workshop this weekend to discuss critical matters,” the release added further.

Sandipan Banerjee is a senior cricket journalist with experience stretching across more than a decade. Having founded a number of cricket information resources and prior experience of working in big-ticket events like ICC Cricket World Cup, IPL and ICC Champions’ Trophy; he joined the team at in 2019 to provide strategic guidance and to assume a brand ambassador role as principal correspondent. Due to Sandipan’s commitment towards the game, it’s safe to assume that if India are involved in a Test, ODI or a T20I, he’ll be there covering the match!

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