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CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe suspended, SA cricket crisis deepens

The crisis has jeopardized the oncoming bilateral series against England starting in less than three weeks.

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CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe suspended, SA cricket crisis deepens
CSA CEO Thabang Moroe suspended with immediate effect. Photo: 247news.africa

Following allegations of misconduct, Cricket South Africa has suspended Chief Executive Officer Thabang Moroe with immediate effect.

An investigation into the actions of Moroe will begin soon that includes an independent forensic audit.

A Cricket South Africa statement said, “The decision to place Mr Thabang Moroe on precautionary suspension follows from the reports received by the Social and Ethics Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee of the board related to possible failure of controls in the organisation.

“During the course of Mr Thabang Moroe’s precautionary suspension, a forensic audit of critical aspects of the business and the conduct of management related to such aspects shall be conducted by an independent forensic team.

The CSA board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on Saturday. According to reports revealed, two independent board members resigned ahead of Saturday’s meeting.

Cricket South Africa received further blow when prime sponsors Standard Bank announced their denial to extend the long standing deal when it will come to an end in 2020.

“In light of recent developments at CSA, which are a culmination of long-standing problems which have damaged Standard Bank’s reputation, it has decided not to renew its partnership,” said Thulani Sibeko, the bank’s chief marketing and communications officer.

However, CSA stated they are searching for manifold options to make a temporary replacement for Moroe. They have sought discussions with ex-Proteas international Dave Richardson, who once served the position of of chief executive officer for the International Cricket Council.

The crisis has jeopardized the oncoming bilateral series against England starting in less than three weeks from now with the first Test beginning at Centurion on Boxing Day.

South Africa is out of a selection committee and a full coaching staff for the series. The first of four Tests starts on December 26, to be followed by one-day and Twenty20 matches.

 

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