Cricket SA and the SA Cricketers’ Association have agreed to a consultation process with regards the possible restructure of domestic cricket.
This follows the decision of the CSA Members’ Council on 31 January to rescind the previous decision taken to restructure domestic cricket to a 12-affiliate first-class structure.
In turn, SACA have withdrawn their application to the High Court as they and CSA have reached a confidential settlement agreement.
The agreement complies with SACA’s requirement to be consulted as required by the Recognition and Procedural Agreement of July 2018, which remains valid, binding and enforceable between SACA and CSA.
“This confirms that we have got our partnership relationship with SACA back on track,” said CSA Acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul, “and it will give everybody, especially our players, certainty and security on the road ahead. As we all know, our players are our biggest asset and it is important that they are consulted when their careers are affected. It is an important part of the process to encourage them to stay in our system rather than seek opportunities abroad. The aim is to complete the consultation process by the end of June 2020.”
“It’s a good day for cricket in South Africa,” said Omphile Ramela, President of SACA. “It is critical that the relationship between CSA and SACA is a constructive one. This agreement will bring stability and clarity for players and is a step in the right direction.”
“The relationship between SACA and CSA has been characterised by open hostility over the past 12 months,” said Andrew Breetzke, CEO of SACA. “The rescinding of the Member’s Council decision and subsequent settlement of the court application will enable SACA to engage with CSA in a constructive manner on the many challenges currently facing cricket in South Africa. Players remain the key stakeholder in the game and it will be imperative that their interests are protected when dealing with these challenges.”