South African cricket seems to be in major crisis as they are on the verge of being banned from international cricket by the International Cricket Council(ICC), after the Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee of the country suspended Cricket South Africa , the country’s cricket board.
After a decade long mismanagement in South African Cricket, which saw a number of board changes, along with allegations of unable to meet transformation targets at the board and coaching staff level, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) finally asked Cricket South Africa to step aside from the administration on full pay.
According to reports, the SASCOC wrote a letter to Cricket South Africa in which they demanded that “the CSA board and those senior executives who serve ex-officio on the board (the company secretary, the acting CEO, the CFO and the COO) are directed to step aside from the administration of CSA on full pay”
Although, the ICC are yet to officially respond to the turn of events, this unprecedented development means that, South Africa could be banned from playing international cricket as per the ICC protocols.
Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and / or administration for cricket respectively, which effectively means that the Proteas team are on the verge of being banned for the second time in their history, with the first ban coming from 1970 to 1991 due to the Apartheid policies.
Last year, the Zimbabwe Cricket team was banned from international cricket for political interference, due to which the team missed out on playing the qualifiers for the now-postponed ICC World T20.
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