Northerns president warns fellow Cricket SA board members: ‘We are 1 scandal away from losing control’



  • Cricket SA’s state has prompted one among its board members, Northerns president Tebogo Siko to jot all the way in which all the way down to the board calling for the organisation to scrub up its act.
  • Siko is dismayed by the reputational injury to CSA since December and has generally known as for an finish the saga spherical suspended CEO Thabang Moroe.
  • CSA’s affiliate, North West Cricket, could be engulfed in scandals referring to allegations of misappropriated funds and alleged racism.

Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) latest troubles have prompted board member and Northerns Cricket Union (NCU) president Tebogo Siko to jot all the way in which all the way down to the board expressing deep concern relating to the reputational injury cricket has suffered.

Sport24 has learnt that Siko, who grew to develop to be the NCU’s first black African president in 2018, warned his fellow CSA board members that the organisation was “one case, one motion, one scandal from dropping administration”.

Contained in the letter, Siko talked about he was apprehensive that CSA discovered itself all through the midst of every day hostile publicity, regardless of hiring a PR company (believed to be Tribeca Public Relations) and that his letter was a rallying cry for motion and shouldn’t set off further division.

Siko wrote all through the undated letter:

“The Model of the corporate shouldn’t be bettering. Now we have merely just lately employed a PR company to assist us take care of with limiting injury and enhancing our Model. I don’t bear in mind this has been worthwhile. I usually hear folks say as shortly as there is a begin to cricket, then the journalists will neglect and deal with the sport. That assertion holds no water. When worldwide cricket is in full swing as quickly as additional, how masses reputational injury would this organisation have suffered?”

CSA has careered from one damaging scandal to a particular prior to now 12 months, with the saga involving its suspended CEO Thabang Moroe, together with licensed wrangles with fully completely different suspended or expelled officers and lack of sponsors dominating the headlines.

Customary Financial institution opted to not renew their R100 million a 12 months headline Proteas sponsorship when it expired in April, following a tumultuous December interval that seen Moroe suspended and the Proteas lose dismally to the visiting English.

Interim CEO Jacques Faul stepped in and plugged some key gaps by signing on Betway correct proper right into a three-year deal that, though useful, nonetheless didn’t cowl the void left by Customary Financial institution. Faul furthermore ensured cricket cushioned the blow launched on by Covid-19’s have an effect on on the game, guaranteeing that there have been no wage cuts all through the game.

The three Crew Cricket Solidarity Cup was one completely different shining delicate in an in each different case gloomy interval for the game off the sector. Faul, nonetheless, will vacate his interim put up come 15 September.

CSA furthermore confronted questions over the appointments of director of cricket Graeme Smith and Proteas head coach Mark Boucher, which the sooner and CSA president Chris Nenzani lastly addressed final weekend.

Undoubtedly one among its associates, North West Cricket (NWC), has furthermore been plunged correct proper right into a sequence of crises with opinions of stadium improve funds getting siphoned on extreme of allegations of racism contained within the provincial buildings.

“The letter mustn’t encourage a break up on the Cricket South Africa Board or the Member’s Council nonetheless as a repute to motion,” Siko wrote.

“I can not assist nonetheless really actually really feel that we’re one case, one motion, one scandal from dropping administration, and choices to do what’s acceptable. The silence coming from all of us on some factors has left me apprehensive.”

Siko furthermore expressed his dismay at ongoing leaks popping out of the organisation, which echoed the feelings expressed by Smith on confidential information discovering its approach into most people.

Furthermore, the Northerns president generally known as for the swift conclusion and launch to the board members of the skin audit by Fundudzi Forensic Firms – appointed in March to evaluation the conduct of the suspended CEO and CSA’s decision-making necessary as lots as a result of the chaotic December 2019.

“Fundudzi forensic full report must be launched instantly to all members,” talked about Siko.

Requested for remark, Nenzani replied: “I’m addressing the matter personally with Mr. Siko referring to all of the factors raised in his letter.”

Northerns had been furthermore approached for remark and had nonetheless to reply on the time of publication.

Be taught your entire letter beneath:

Costly Women and Gents, 

After cautious consideration of the state of affairs the organisation finds itself in, I really actually really feel that it’s important that I voice my factors on how we as Cricket South Africa uncover ourselves in hostile publicity every day. 

The Model of the corporate shouldn’t be bettering. Now we have merely just lately employed a PR company to assist us take care of with limiting injury and enhancing our Model. I don’t bear in mind this has been worthwhile. I usually hear folks say as shortly as there is a begin to cricket, then the journalists will neglect and deal with the sport. That assertion holds no water. When worldwide cricket is in full swing as quickly as additional, how masses reputational injury would this organisation have suffered?

The letter mustn’t encourage a break up on the Cricket South Africa Board or the Member’s Council nonetheless as a repute to motion.

I can not assist nonetheless really actually really feel that we’re one case, one motion, one scandal from dropping administration, and choices to do what’s acceptable. The silence coming from all of us on some factors has left me apprehensive. 

My letter has been cryptic sufficient, so I need to avoid dropping these that are engaged thus far by going to what has impressed this letter. 

1. CSA leaks are occurring at an unprecedented price, and it’s at each stage, from members to junior employees (all ranges).

2. Communication. We proceed to be weak and reactive on this house. After we do resolve to speak one issue constructive, it’s countered utterances which might be contradictory.

three. Pointing of fingers or having enjoyable with the blame recreation in public. Have we given the only assist to the operational group?

four. Accredited battles. The entity is anxious in lots of licensed battles. Accredited battles we’re combating on too many fronts, and I can not assist nonetheless assume that they’re the primary rationalization for a lot of of our factors.

5. North West Forensic must be closed.

6. The conditions with the suspended CEO & fully completely different senior administration want finality.

7. Fundudzi forensic full report must be launched instantly to all Members.

eight. Stakeholders. Are our stakeholders, key or not, in our nook? Are we setting pleasant in our communication and interesting the place we have to?  

9. Strategy. We, as an organisation, accredited a way. The pandemic has purchased us a while to consolidate and re-engineer the place associated.

10.  AGM – this occasion belongs to us all and implore us all to do what’s acceptable to confirm it runs merely with none controversy, lord is aware of now we have had sufficient. We won’t permit the enjoyable of more than likely being in new positions and serving new tenures cloud our judgment. It’s unfair to more than likely have majority of the board and the president being new then anticipate them to deal with the present established order! I’m fascinating to your conscience correct proper right here, we would like wins and I do know fast is relative, Controversy spherical Board Members should not be tolerated as a technique to create a great Board.

11. Impartial Administrators. Have all the necessities from the Cricket South Africa MOI been met? For the Upcoming AGM

12. In-committee conferences. In delicate of all of the parts raised above, I need to see an finish to those conferences as there is also very important information that isn’t recorded, the place key parts are raised, and selections are made.

The primary diploma I am elevating is that we have to take administration of the narrative by calling for a blended assembly between the Board and Members to resolve what the only means ahead for Cricket South Africa shall be. We have to deal with the issues raised above with a matter of urgency. If we fail to make selections for Cricket South Africa, then one different explicit individual will, and we be judged for it.

After we do self-introspection can we ask ourselves “Are we doing justice to Cricket?”

Victory loves preparation. 

Type regards,

Tebogo Siko 

Northerns Cricket Union President.



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