Still without a CEO, WPCA’s new round of recruitment will be ‘targeted and by invitation only’

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The Western Province Cricket Association’s attempt to replace former chief executive officer Michael Canterbury has been extended.

Canterbury’s tenure ended earlier this year. WPCA president Johannes Adams wanted to appoint Canterbury’s successor by the end of March 2024.

Dolphins Cricket chief executive officer Heinrich Strydom was offered the position, but declined.

“We wanted to provide you with an update regarding the ongoing CEO recruitment process,” read Thursday’s statement from Adams.

“Despite a diligent and thorough process, we regret to inform you that we have not been able to conclude with a successful appointment of a candidate.

“The preferred candidate was made a counteroffer by his association, which in his words, he ‘couldn’t refuse’ and hence opted out of the discussions with the WPCA.

“After considering all options and exploring the most effective way forward, the board, on recommendation from the human resources and remunerations committee, in consultation with Cricket South and other stakeholders, have decided to move to a new round of recruitment.

“This next round will be targeted and by invitation only. We believe this approach will allow us to focus our efforts more effectively and identify the most suitable candidate for the position. Thank you for your understanding and continued support throughout this process.”

3 CEO candidates, no new players

Earlier this week, Adams told Club Cricket SA three candidates have been shortlisted for the CEO role since Strydom declined.

Adams also confirmed CSA representative Corrie van Zyl is working with the WPCA during the contracting period for the 2024-25 domestic season.

Adams suggested Western Province won’t likely contract new players – the list of contracted players for 2024-25 will be similar, if not the same, as 2023-24.

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