WPCA CEO: Business as usual for club cricket despite CSA suspension

File image: Nabeal Dien.File image: Nabeal Dien.

Chief executive officer Nabeal Dien has insisted the Western Province Cricket Association’s suspension by Cricket South Africa will not negatively affect club cricket¬†through the 2019-20 season.

The board of directors of CSA exercised step-in rights with immediate effect earlier this week. They suspended the WPCA board – and appointed professor Andre Odendaal administrator. This has been done in terms of clauses 12.3 and 12.4 of CSA’s memorandum of incorporation. Odendaal is a former WPCA chief executive officer.

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

‘Will not impact club cricket at all’

“CSA’s decision about the suspension will not impact the administration and operations of WPCA club cricket at all. It’s business as usual and we are looking forward to a great season ahead for all the clubs,” Dien told Club Cricket SA on Sunday.

Earlier this year, the WPCA announced a partnership with financial services group Sanlam to build four new offices at Newlands. The offices will be leased, with Varsity College earmarked for one of the buildings.

The development, which has started, will cost approximately R750 million. Sanlam and the WPCA will reportedly cover 51 and 49 percent of the costs, respectively.

‘For club cricket, all is fine’

“CSA’s suspension decision is directly related to the WPCA’s ongoing building project at Newlands. We have plans to deal with this over the next two or three weeks. For club cricket, all is fine,” added Dien.

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