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The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), which instructed Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Board and Executive to step aside on Thursday evening, has written to the ICC emphasising that its intervention cannot be considered government interference and is based in South African law.

SASCOC’s communication with the game’s global governing body comes even as CSA seeks legal advice on the validity of SASCOC’s involvement in its affairs.

Specifically, SASCOC sought to distance itself from the country’s government and offered to meet with the ICC to provide assurance of its independence.

“SASCOC rejects any allegation or insinuation that the SASCOC intervention constitutes Government interference,” SASCOC’s letter to the ICC reads. “At no stage does or did SASCOC act under the direction or control of the Minister of Sport in the country, or the Government of the Republic of South Africa. The Board exercises its judgment independently of Government, or any other outside influence.”

However, in SASCOC’s resolutions passed on Tuesday, it lists resolution 2.8 as “the directive by the Minister of Sport and Recreation for SASCOC to intervene into the affairs of CSA.”

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