CSA's composition of board mess shows little signs of abating

Recommendations made by the Nicholson committee of inquiry regarding the composition of the board were at the heart of the current impasse.

Johannesburg, Oct 24 (ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) has postponed its annual general meeting (AGM) in wake of issues around the composition of the board, the governing body said on Wednesday.

The AGM, scheduled for Saturday, would now take place on November 30, in terms of a special resolution passed by its members' forum.

The postponement follows a disagreement between the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and CSA over the board's restructuring.

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"This has been done to bring about the necessary harmonisation between CSA's proposed governance structure, and the respective recommendation of the Nicholson committee of inquiry and CSA's SASCOC membership obligations," Sports24 quoted spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith, as saying.

CSA had proposed the new-look board of 11, which would include five independent members, while SASCOC wanted a larger representation from the cricket affiliates.

It has been reported previously that if CSA did not comply with SASCOC's terms, it risked suspension from the sporting body, which could see the Proteas stripped of their national status.

However, SASCOC chief executive Tubby Reddy had tried to ease down the situation, saying this was only the worst-case scenario.

Recommendations made by the Nicholson committee of inquiry regarding the composition of the board were at the heart of the current impasse.

The committee, chaired by retired judge Chris Nicholson and appointed by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, recommended CSA's board be made smaller.

It was also suggested the majority of the board should consist of independent, professionally skilled, non-executive directors.

CSA last week appointed five independent board members and was expected to elect five non-independents at Saturday's AGM.

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