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Update South Africa-England series in jeopardy due to CSA's administrative mess

Cricket South Africa's (CSA) refusal to recognise the interim board appointed to run the affairs of the embattled organisation has thrown in jeopardy England's upcoming white-ball tour of the country.

On Thursday, the CSA's Members' Council decided not to appoint the interim board citing an inability to work with them. Furious with the CSA move, Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa threatened to use his statutory powers for withdrawing recognition to the sport's apex body if the Members' Council don't recognise the interim board "immediately".

"I don't know what the thinking is in England but if the Members Council does not take a proper decision this evening, England will probably be seriously discouraged from coming," Judge Zak Yacoob, the chief of the interim board, told the media according to ESPNcricinfo.

"The Members Council and the executive have been uncooperative, unresponsive and rude in their dealings with us. They broke their promise to ratify the interim board made two weeks ago. There is no chance of them self-correcting, barring a miracle," Yacoob added.

The Eoin Morgan-led England are due to fly from London to Cape Town on Monday but will not be travelling if the hosts board and the government are unable to sort out the administrative mess in CSA.

Yacoob, a former Constitutional Court judge, was appointed by Mthethwa to lead the proposed interim board on October 30. In a strongly worded letter after the CSA Members Council decision, Mthetwha wrote, "I find it most regrettable that you have purported to take the decision not to recognise the Interim Board."

"I implore you and the Members' Council to re-visit this decision immediately, and to afford the necessary recognition to the Interim Board, failing which, I will exercise my powers under the Act and issue a directive in that regard," the minister had written in the letter addressed to CSA's acting president Rihan Richards.

Former CEO Haroon Lorgat, who had stepped down in 2017 after a rift with board members following the failure to launch the now-defunct Global T20 League, was named in the interim board, something which the Members Council didn't approve of. Lorgat was still the CEO in 2016-2017, a period which has been covered by the Fundudzi report, which was commissioned earlier this year to probe poor governance in CSA.

Reasons behind the failure of Global T20 league also forms part of the investigation, the report of which was used to fire Lorgat's successor Thabang Moroe for financial misconduct. Mthethwa, however, assured that Lorgat would recuse himself from all discussions relating to the Global T20 League.


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