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Follow the money timeline Below are some of the problems Moroe, president Chris Nenzani and the CSA board have created or failed to adequately address. Reflected also are areas where there has been failure to fulfil their duties in the best interests of cricket.

2018

October 2018

CSA publicly announced a projected and staggering R654 million loss over the next four years.

2019

February 13

That number has twice been revised – to R244 million at a meeting on February 13, 2019 and then back up to R350 million on March 6, 2019 without any explanation.

April 6

CSA announced that domestic cricket would be restructured in 2020. The current six professional franchises and 15 semi-professional provincial teams would be replaced by 12 teams plus two associates – Mpumalanga and Limpopo. CSA did not consult key stakeholders before announcing the decision.

The South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca) challenged the announcement because CSA breached its own Recognition and Procedural agreements with Saca, the franchises and provincial cricketing bodies. The agreement obliges CSA to consult with Saca on structural changes that affect players.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between CSA and Saca on July 31, 2018 for a four-year period to April 30, 2022 (MOU18), which comprehensively regulates the employment of professional cricket players in the country. Structural changes could not be made without Saca’s input.

May 2019

Saca took legal action against CSA in May 2019, making an application at the Gauteng High Court for CSA to show cause after unsuccessful attempts to engage Moroe.

Due to the dire financial outlook, CSA presented a R76 million cut from the professional player budget but failed to engage with Saca on the details of the adjustment.

Despite supposed austerity measures, “Operational Excellence costs”, understood to be the cost of CSA running the game, including senior management payments and other perks were budgeted to increase by 44%, or R633 million for the rest of the current four-year cycle, which ends in 2022. It also reflects the growing number of CSA employees under the current regime at a time when austerity was called for.

At a board meeting in February 1, 2019, Moroe demanded that he be given signing-off power in Proteas teams. The board blocked the decision – one of the only times they stood up to Moroe.

Ottis Gibson

A decision to extend former Proteas’ coach Ottis Gibson’s contract was agreed in principle by the board in early February 2019. This was re-affirmed to him in a meeting with the Chief Executive and Head of Cricket Pathways (Corrie van Zyl) in March 2019. At some stage the decision was reversed and Gibson was only informed by Moroe on the same on the day of South Africa’s departure for the Cricket World Cup on May 19, 2019. The timing of the communication to Gibson was appalling.

The two editions of Mzansi Super League (MSL) will result in a R200 million loss for CSA. Saca believes that figure is being understated.

Cash reserves of over R1 billion have dropped to a few hundred million in the past two years.

September 2019

CSA put the WP Cricket Association into administration, using its “step-in clause”. WPCA cricket officials warned CSA the decision was unlawful but in a meeting with Moroe they were told “we are comfortable with the decision.”

“we are comfortable with the decision.”

November 27

Arbitrator Phillip Ginsburg SC ruled in favour of WPCA, overturning CSA’s decision. Ginsburg criticised the CSA board for not following its own regulations and not applying their minds to the process.

The failure to launch the T20 Global League in November 2017, conceived by Haroon Lorgat. It had the backing of several big Indian sponsors as well as a willing broadcaster in SuperSport. Moroe scrapped the competition and tried to relaunch the MSL without sponsors or a broadcaster.

  • The next cycle of international broadcast negotiations goes to market in 2020 and concerns are that CSA will earn between 30-40% less than the current $174m eight-year deal due to the broadcasters investing more in appealing T20 leagues.
  • CSA only paid money owed to players of 2018 MSL commercial rights days before the 2019 edition started under threat from Saca to withdraw its members from the competition.

December 1, 2019

Moroe revoked the accreditation of five journalists who have been critical of the organisation.

December 2, 2019

Moroe could not give a reasonable explanation for why the journalists were banned in an interview on Radio 702.

Main sponsor Standard Bank called an urgent meeting with CSA in the wake of the accreditation debacle. The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) also demanded an explanation.

December 3, 2019

Independent board member Shirley Zinn resigned over the matter. A day later independent board member and head of the audit committee Iqbal Khan resigned citing Moroe’s poor corporate governance.

December 6, 2019

Standard Bank announced it would not renew its R80 million a year sponsorship with CSA.

Moroe suspended with full pay. CSA announce an independent forensic audit will take place.

December 7, 2019

Jacques Faul named acting CEO with president Chris Nenzani finally making a public appearance as he and the board refused to resign.

December 9, 2019

As of December 9, 2019 there was still no national convenor of selectors or selection panel. The first of four-Test against England starts in two weeks.

December 11, 2019

Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith named as CSA's acting director of cricket.

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