Slanging match in SA cricket is ugly, and it’s a dangerous game

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Slanging match in SA cricket is ugly, and it’s a dangerous game

Someone isn’t being honest and, judging from Thursday’s statement, it’s not the SA Cricketers’ Association or the suspended officials

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In response to the South African Cricketers’ Association declaring a dispute with Cricket South Africa over Mzansi Super League commercial fees that weren’t paid to players, three CSA officials – chief operation officer Naasei Appiah, acting director of cricket Corrie van Zyl and head of sponsorship Clive Eksteen – were suspended.

On the face of it, it came across as a pretty reasonable response to what was deemed to be a dereliction of duty, but when Saca released a statement on Thursday it effectively cleared the three and pointed the bayonet back at CSA’s chief executive, Thabang Moroe.

“We are very surprised that Naasei Appiah, Corrie van Zyl and Clive Eksteen have been suspended in relation to allegations surrounding CSA’s non-compliance with the 2018 MSL commercial agreement. Saca didn’t deal with Appiah on this issue and in its dealings with Van Zyl and Eksteen over many months they both expressed a strong desire to resolve the payment issue, but it eventually became clear that higher approval to do so was necessary,” said Saca CEO Tony Irish...

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