CSA defends transparency in appointment of five independent board members

Johannesburg, Oct 23(ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) acting president Willie Basson has claimed a transparent process had been followed to appoint the five independent members of the board.

Basson was referring to Norman Arendse's complaint to the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) that he was overlooked for the position of chairperson.

"SASCOC has informed us (CSA) that Mr Arendse approached them and we have communicated to our lawyers, who are now dealing with it," the Sports24 quoted Basson, as saying.

"It was the board's prerogative to accept the candidates and on this point, because of a technicality and non-compliance by the nomination committee, one of the members was not eligible," he added.

CSA announced last week that the five independent members were chairperson Louis von Zeuner, Geoff Whyte, Vusi Pikoli, Mohamed Iqbal Khan, and Dawn Mokhobo.

According to Basson, Arendse was omitted because of a technicality in the policy, which did not allow a candidate to serve on the board if he or she had been involved in cricket during the past three years.

The former CSA president, Arendse, was discounted because of his status as honorary member of the Western Province Cricket Association.

The chairperson of the nominations committee Shawn Christiansen and committee member Rushdie Magiet allegedly resigned over the furore.

Christiansen last week slammed the selection, claiming the new board selected was too white.

Basson said the steering committee had a clear scope of the board's criteria for eligible candidates.

"All along the arrangement with the nomination committee was that the criteria of the independents should have a track record in business, with objectivity, independence of thought, and non-association for a period of three years," Basson said. (ANI)