The Government of South Africa said on Wednesday that it intends to intervene in the affairs of the national body of cricket in the country.
South Africa is under threat of a ban on international cricket, as its government said on Wednesday that it intends to intervene in the affairs of the national body of cricket in the country after serious misconduct by senior officials. Sports Minister Nathi Mathethwa said in a statement that he has informed the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the move.
The ICC constitution prohibits government interference and as a punishment, the country's team is generally banned from playing international matches until the National Cricket Board starts working independently.
The tension between the Government of South Africa and Cricket South Africa (CSA) is due to a long-standing investigation into the affairs of the Cricket Board. Following this investigation, on August, CSA CEO Thabang Meroi was dismissed on charges of serious misconduct.
But Cricket South Africa refused to make the independent investigator's report public and at the same time protested against the government's own investigation into the CSA cases of the South Africa Sports Federation and the Olympic Committee.
However, the CSA eventually bowed down and made the report of the forensic investigation public this month. The report was made public more than two months after receiving it.
For a long time, the board was facing disputes regarding issues like racism, corruption and salary of players. The South African Sports and Olympic Committee has written a letter asking all the board officials to step down.
SASCOC is the special body of South Africa that acts as a bridge between the country's government and the Sports Federation. Last year, the South African Sports and Olympic Committee started an investigation into the disturbances spread in Cricket South Africa. This step has been taken against Cricket South Africa only after the investigation results are revealed.