Wednesday, 14 October 2020 11:40

 

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Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa has given the International Cricket Council notice to intervene in Cricket South Africa's affairs.

The notice of government intervention follows a series of meetings between Mthethwa and CSA in a bid to resolve the leadership crisis at the national cricket body.

The minister said after months of trying to stablise governance matters at CSA, he sees no value of further engaging with CSA.

Mthethwa has given CSA until 5pm on 27 October to make written representations as to why he should not exercise his decision to intervene as enjoined by the laws of the country.

In a statement issued on Wednesday morning‚ Mthethwa said several efforts have been made to try and assist CSA with the stabilisation of its governance affairs.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the parliamentary sports portfolio committee also engaged CSA without much success.

Mthethwa has also sent a letter to CSA’s embattled acting president Beresford Williams‚ who was forced to recuse himself at Tuesday’s sports portfolio committee meeting after being implicated in the summary and the full forensic report that the sports portfolio committee has received.

"Having evaluated the discussions‚ as well as the subsequent reporting on the matter‚ I have now reached the point where I see no value in further engagement with CSA‚" Mthethwa said.

The wider reaching impact of this move by the minister will remain to be seen as the ICC has often taken a dim view with regards to government interference in cricket affairs.