Proteas players have had enough of the boardroom drama at Cricket South Africa (CSA) and have penned an open letter to the game’s leaders to voice their many concerns.
Signed by 30 national team players – both male and female – the South African Cricketers Association (Saca) released the letter addressed to the sport’s administrators.
The CSA board’s problems have been well documented the past 12 months or so and has led to the recent dismissal of ex-CEO Thabang Moroe for what the organisation described as “acts of serious misconduct.”
The letter reads: “As Proteas players, both men and women, we are concerned about the future of our game.
“At Board and Operational level, Cricket South Africa has lurched from crisis to crisis over the past year.
“Issues such as suspensions, dismissals, resignations, forensic audits, confidential leaks,
litigation and financial mismanagement have dominated the headlines.
“This is happening at a time when we are having challenging conversations about transformation, and in an environment where the financial viability of the game is under major threat.
“High standards are expected of us as players.
“To succeed as Proteas teams, we know we have to put aside personal differences and work together. We require the same of administrators.
“Politics and self-interest appear to trump cricket imperatives and good governance.
“Decisions must be made that are in the best interests of cricket,
failing which the game we love may be irreparably damaged in this country."
“The Proteas teams must be strong, the domestic structure must be strong, and the transformation pipeline must be strong – we demand that this be the focus of the Cricket SA Board and Operational Team.”