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 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.