South Africa vs England

South Africa vs England: General view of PPC Newlands on January 05, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images)

WPCA launch legal challenge to CSA administration order

The WPCA are not taking the CSA’s decision to place them under administration lying down filing an application to have the move set aside.

South Africa vs England

South Africa vs England: General view of PPC Newlands on January 05, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images)

The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) have filed an urgent application against Cricket South Africa (CSA) who have taken the body under administration.

Cricket South Africa stepped in to address what they termed administrative and financial concerns. CSA suspended the board of the WPCA and appointed Professor Andre Odendaal as an administrator.

CSA assured cricket lovers in the Western Cape that the New Year’s Test would go ahead despite the decision to suspend the WPCA board.

WPCA mount their own legal challenge

According to a report from ESPN Cricinfo’s Firdose Moonda, the WPCA is argues that CSA had “no right or entitlement to exercise step-in rights over a self-standing voluntary association.” 

The WPCA also cites irregularities in the process of the suspension of the board pointing out that CSA did not give the WPCA a hearing before making their decision. They further claim that CSA is acting on unreliable information as the basis for the suspension.

The source of CSA’s concern reportedly has to do with the R81 million loan the national cricket body gave to WPCA to complete a stadium upgrade.

WPCA committed to mediation process

The WPCA are believed to remain committed to a process of mediation between themselves and CSA. A source close to the organization told Cricinfo that they do not believe the legal action will affect the hosting of the New Years Test at Newlands.

The main inbound tour of the summer is the visit of England, who will play four Tests including the iconic New Years Test at Newlands. Newlands will host three internationals in the upcoming season with an ODI against England and T20I against Australia scheduled to take place in Cape Town

CSA’s drive to get its house in order financially has met with opposition with the body facing another legal challenge over its proposed restructuring of domestic cricket. Cricketer’s union SACA filed an application in Johannesburg’s High Court in May calling on CSA to show cause as to why its decision to revamp the domestic game should not be reviewed and set aside.

The way cricket is run in South Africa has come under increased scrutiny since the Global T20 League debacle which has had major financial repercussions for CSA and led to the resignation of then CEO Haroon Lorgat. The Global T20 League’s spiritual successor, the Mzansi Super League, is likely to run at a loss again this season deepening the financial pressure on CSA. A bumper inbound tour from England and visits to India may help relieve that ever so slightly but cricket in South Africa could be in for a bumpy ride.