Cricket South Africa has lodged an official dispute with the International Cricket Council over Australia’s choice to withdraw from a scheduled tour of South Africa. CSA interim board chairman Stavros Nicolaou informed a press convention on Friday that the board was “extremely disappointed” over what he described as a unilateral choice by Cricket Australia.
Nicolaou mentioned CSA had labored for a lot of months to fulfill Australian considerations over Covid-19 and it got here as a shock to obtain a letter from the Australians on February 2 citing an “unacceptable risk” due to Covid.
The choice got here simply 22 days earlier than the tour was because of begin.
CSA’s grievance to the ICC is known to hunt World Test championship factors for the sequence on the grounds that it can’t be re-scheduled earlier than April 30, the deadline for championship matches, in addition to monetary compensation.
“We don’t know what the prospects of success are because there are provisions in the rules that relate to Covid for postponements to take place,” mentioned Nicolaou.
“But that’s not the main issue. One needs to assess what these cancellations and postponements mean to the smaller nations or the poorer nations with less resources. I think there is a recalibration that needs to take place in cricket.”
Nicolaou mentioned the explanations superior by Australia weren’t convincing.
They had claimed that South Africa was experiencing a peak of Covid infections with a extra virulent pressure of the virus and that there have been considerations that Australian gamers is likely to be stranded in South Africa ought to there be infections of their camp.
“This really confused us because the day we received the letter South Africa was on a very significant downward trajectory of the pandemic.”
He mentioned infections had declined from a peak of 22,000 a day to a present common of between one and two thousand a day.
“We also don’t agree that there is a more virulent strain. We know there is a more contagious strain but it is not more virulent.”
Nicolaou mentioned CSA had secured assurances from the federal government that will allow anybody from Australia who contracted the virus to have the ability to fly residence. Arrangements had additionally been made with non-public hospitals to accommodate any of the vacationers if they need to fall ailing.
“It is a unilateral decision,” mentioned Nicolaou.
“Our preference would be to pick up the phone, set up a call and go through the various details.”
– New board –
Nicolaou offered an replace on the interim board’s progress in direction of organising a brand new board, with a majority of unbiased administrators, following the resignation of the earlier board final yr.
He mentioned a particular normal assembly could be held subsequent month to approve suggestions for a brand new construction and he anticipated that CSA’s annual normal assembly, which was postponed from final October, could be held between April 10 and 17 to nominate a brand new board.
Former CSA and ICC chief govt Haroon Lorgat, a member of the interim board, mentioned CSA’s “internal challenges” had been damaging to the organisation’s status and worldwide standing.
“It is no surprise that we were not able to focus and establish ourselves at the ICC and from my experience that allows an imbalance in the world of cricket.”
Lorgat mentioned there had been a resurgence within the dominance of the so-called Big Three of world cricket – India, England and Australia.
“We have seen a lot of fixtures between those countries to the detriment of the others. Cricket South Africa truly needs to get its house in order to play a meaningful role around the table at the ICC.”
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