South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada during the net session. Twitter
South Africa’s sports minister on Wednesday threatened to directly intervene in South Africa’s work, which could jeopardize future international tours. In a stern statement, Sports Minister Nathi Mathwa gave the CSA a written deadline of October 27, giving reasons as to why it should not “exercise its right to intervene”. He had informed the International Cricket Council of his intention, Methethwa said. The ICC does not allow government intervention in member organizations.
The one-day internationals scheduled for England in November and December are now in doubt.
Although the ICC did not approve the CSA due to government intervention, special permission from the government is required for travel to sports teams known as “high-risk” countries in the UK, all over the country (or across the continent).
Cricket South Africa officials met with Matthew on Monday and need his support to move the tour forward.
But Wednesday’s statement made it clear that Mathews had “no further investment value” until CSA could resolve its issue by Oct. 27.
Methwahan’s move came after a meeting between the CSA and the Parliamentary Sports Portfolio Committee on Tuesday. The minister said it has had negative results.
The CSA board and executive were asked to resign at the meeting following a failed investment between the CSA and the South African Sports Association and the Olympic Committee (SASCOK).
Under South African law, Saskok is an umbrella organization for the Elite Sports Code.
Saskok asked Matthawa to join because of the lack of cooperation from the CSA, especially the limited access to forensic reports, which led to the dismissal of CEO Thabang Moro in October.
South Africa’s cricket has been in turmoil since Moro disbanded the country’s players’ association last December and revoked the accreditation of serious journalists, prompting major sponsors to withdraw their support following a call for the board to resign.