Cricket South Africa has suspended their chief financial officer, Naasei Appiah, acting director of cricket, Corrie van Zyl, and the Head of sales and sponsorship, Clive Eksteen.
The trio were apparently asked to leave the building following a staff meeting at Cricket SA’s head office in Johannesburg.
In a statement released today, Cricket SA claim that the suspensions resulted from “an unfortunate situation involving players and player contracts.”
The situation pertains to the non payment of fees to players for last year’s Mzansi Super League. Last week the South African Cricketers Association, the players union which represents over 300 professional players in the country, served notice that it was launching a dispute against CSA. The dispute resulted from CSA’s failure to pay the players for use of their image rights in last year’s MSL.
CSA said it was investigating the matter “to determine the extent to which certain CSA employees were or were not derelict in fulfilling their duties.”
CSA's Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said “CSA wants to reassure all cricket fans and all cricket stakeholders that our organisation and indeed our staff adhere to the highest ethical standards in all our dealings and that consistency and accountability remains uppermost in all our processes and procedures.”
“It is our expectation that all our staff members, including third-party stakeholders who are associated with the CSA brand should protect the reputation of CSA and the sport of cricket at all times.”
Meanwhile Cricket South Africa is facing a crisis as it tries to deal with the poor performances of various national teams, and also dealing with two court cases.