A lot has happened this week on the calamitous CSA front … and it’s only Wednesday.
Among the many of his missteps to date, CSA CEO Thabang Moroe on Sunday made probably the biggest of them all – at least in terms of his future – in deciding to make an official enemy of the media (specifically cricket journalists).
Since then a wave of activity has been set in motion … most of which points to an inevitable and frankly the only feasible outcome, that of the removal of Moroe from his position.
Here is a brief summary of what has happened:
Standard Bank as sponsors of South African cricket requested an urgent meeting with CSA stakeholders in order to express their extreme concern over the recent behaviour of CSA. If cash strapped CSA wants to maintain their key sponsors … something will have to change soon … Moroe will need to bite the dust.
It has been reliably reported that Graeme Smith is back in contention for the key role of Director of SA cricket with CSA president Chris Nenzani pushing hard for his signature. Smith is rightly holding back as he does not want to work under Moroe. Who would?!! The only solution here …. Moroe goes.
Former CSA president Norman Arendse penned an open letter to CSA expressing his outrage and disgust at the way cricket in this country is being run. He also compared head of CSA communications Thamie Mthembu to Saddam Hussain’s spokesperson “Comical Ali”.
“I never, ever thought I would do something like this, but I have plucked up the courage to do so not only to appease my own conscience, but also in response to the many, many expressions of concern I have received from across the cricket family: past and present administrators, past and present cricketers of all colours, all persuasions, all communities and all religious groupings.
“I, therefore, call on the board and the members council to meet urgently to consider the matters raised in this letter, and to hold the CEO (and those who have been complicit) to account.”
Next up on the menu we had CSA board member, Shirley Zinn, resigning from her position due to the “poor corporate governance” of the board. She cited the aforementioned banning of cricket journalists and the leak to the Sunday Times of the plan to appoint Smith as Director of SA cricket as examples of the straw(s) that broke the camel’s back.
Finally, for dessert … we were subjected to the lamest of lame “apologies” to the press for his “mishap” from Thabang Moroe. It was as sincere as Prince Andrew’s attempt at covering up his involvement in the Epstein scandal – leaving the bitterest of after tastes to end the over.
The CSA board is playing a high stakes game right now. The lucrative England tour is a few weeks away and with the current state of affairs, not many fans will waste their time showing support either at the grounds or by tuning in. Sponsors will run for the hills and CSA will find itself in even more of a financial hole than they are in now.
All to keep one power hungry man in charge? It really doesn’t seem worth it. But then neither did protecting the Zuma/Gupta cabal. Remember how long that took to get rid of and how much damage that caused to the country.
There is a CSA board meeting scheduled for Saturday – it is rumoured that nothing will come of it. If that is indeed the case, it will likely trigger another flurry of protest. There is really only one positive outcome possible.
Yep whichever way you dice it … #MoroeMustGo