Western Province Cricket Association reportedly take Cricket South Africa to court

Professor Andre Odendaal.File image: Professor Andre Odendaal.

The Western Province Cricket Association have reportedly filed an urgent application against Cricket South Africa to have last month’s suspension overturned.

Late September 2019 saw the board of directors of Cricket South Africa exercise step-in rights at the WPCA.

CSA’s management team were granted the mandate to appoint an administrator to take over the governance and financial affairs of WPCA until all these functions were placed on satisfactory footing.

According to CSA, the WPCA board were conducting business under distressed conditions in relation to, among others, administration, governance and financial affairs.

CSA suspended the WPCA board and appointed professor Andre Odendaal administrator. Odendaal is a former WPCA chief executive officer.

‘No right or entitlement’

But the WPCA is, according to ESPNcricinfo, arguing CSA has “no right or entitlement to exercise step-in rights over a self-standing voluntary association.”

The WPCA have also reportedly claimed CSA did not allow a hearing before taking the decision, which was based on incorrect information, to suspend the board.

Cricket South Africa allow Newlands Test

Newlands, meanwhile, has retained the hosting rights for early next year’s Test between the Proteas and England, but CSA chief executive officer Thabang Moroe has reiterated some of the required criteria.

CSA were concerned about the potential disruption caused by the construction of new office blocks at Newlands.

But CSA and the WPCA have since confirmed the series’ second Test, which is scheduled for 3 to 7 January 2019, will go ahead at the iconic Cape Town ground.

“As with all hosting agreements for international matches both here and around the world, there are certain guarantees that need to be put in place to confirm the hosting rights,” said Moroe.

“We are currently gearing up to host the new year’s Test match at Newlands as planned. The readiness of the stadium is on track and, barring a significant change in circumstances, it is unlikely that the venue for this Test will change from our schedule.

“What is equally important is that cricket at all levels, from franchise down to clubs and schools, should not be compromised in any way.”

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