Yet more off-field drama at Cricket SA as boss Nenzani quits

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Yet more off-field drama at Cricket SA as boss Nenzani quits

This comes after an embattled CSA endured a string of spectacular implosions on the pitch and behind the scenes

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Chris Nenzani has said he regretted serving an extra year as Cricket SA president.
Regrets Chris Nenzani has said he regretted serving an extra year as Cricket SA president.
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani has resigned with immediate effect.

Nenzani‚ who had been the head honcho of the embattled organisation since February 2013‚ submitted his letter of resignation on Friday.

Nenzani’s resignation‚ less than a month before he was due to step down at next month’s annual meeting‚ draws the curtain on an additional year in the top job, during which  CSA has imploded spectacularly on and off the field.

It comes 24 hours after CSA dismissed chief operations officer Naasei Appiah with immediate effect for “transgressions of a serious nature”, although the defiant official’s lawyer insisted the matter is far from over.

Appiah had been suspended since October 2019.

His legal representative, Thapelo Kharametsane, laughed off the dismissal, saying there was still a long way to go “unless someone at CSA comes to his or her senses”.

CSA is scheduled for a follow-up appearance before the parliamentary committee on sports‚ arts and culture on August 25 after Nenzani led a delegation that was grilled by the committee on June 19.

Nenzani’s two terms of three years each expired in 2019‚ but he was asked to serve an extra year as president‚ a move he said he regretted at a parliamentary sports portfolio committee meeting in June.

At that meeting Nenzani said the independent report into suspended chief executive Thabang Moroe was due to be completed.

That deadline wasn’t met and parts of the report have yet to be made public.

On June 4‚ TimesLIVE reported that CSA had missed deadlines with regards to Moroe’s disciplinary matter.

In the extra year that Nenzani served CSA has been engulfed in scandals that have tarnished its image.

On his watch‚ CSA suspended Moroe in December 2019 after a turbulent six months during which the organisation not only failed to appoint Graeme Smith as director of cricket according to their agreed deadlines at the end of October‚ but the men’s national team failed miserably at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Their performance on the subsequent tour of India wasn’t any better as the men’s team were heavily beaten in all three Tests.

The Moroe disciplinary proceedings have yet to reach finality with less than a month before September’s annual meeting where CSA will have to elect new board members and a new president.

On July 12‚ the Sunday Times also reported how Nenzani had a change of heart with regards to Moroe’s suspension during a tumultuous week in December 2019 when sponsors left CSA and a number of board members resigned.