England’s white-ball tour of South Africa, which starts at the end of the month, could be at risk of being called off unless Cricket South Africa’s Members’ Council tonight ratifies the interim board South Africa’s sports minister Nathi Mthethwa imposed on the organisation two weeks ago.
Yesterday, the Members’ Council made public its decision not to appoint the interim board citing an inability to work with them. Mthethwa has since threatened to sanction CSA, which includes withdrawing recognition of them as the game’s official governing body in this country, if they do not allow the interim board to proceed. Should CSA’s Members Council not relent and Mthethwa intervene, South Africa will not have a official team to represent the country, thus making the England tour impossible.
“I don’t know what the thinking is in England but if the Members Council does not take a proper decision this evening, England will probably be seriously discouraged from coming,” Judge Zak Yacoob, the chair of the interim board, told the media.
CSA’s Member’s Council – the highest-decision-making body in the organisation which is made up of the 14 provincial presidents – meets tonight and has so far, shown no signs of willingness to co-operate with the interim board.
England are due to arrive in South Africa on Monday for a 10-day quarantine period with fixtures scheduled to begin on November 27.
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