Weekly Column

Cricket South Africa – a short history of how we got to where we are

 October 22, 2020
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There used to be very few shortcuts onto a provincial board of directors. It took the better part of a lifetime starting at junior or club level where collecting membership fees and raising cash for a new pitch roller would take up many hours of your time. The time playing for the club eventually came […]

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Revolution may be unavoidable

 October 16, 2020
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The stand-off between Cricket South Africa and the Minister of Sport has high stakes – potentially the viability and sustainability of professional cricket in the country. The board of directors, if they really are acting in unison as claimed by acting president, Beresford Williams in his staggeringly arrogant letter to the Minister, Nathie Mthethwa, then […]

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England will arrive to a smouldering battlefield

 October 10, 2020
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Much as we may hope that Cricket South Africa’s problems are starting to be resolved, the truth is that they are not. Worse – it will take years to resolve the legal issues. The greatest individual strength and determination will be required to keep the operational side of the game on track and the national […]

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You can’t hide crimes, if they exist, forever.

 October 2, 2020
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Cricket South Africa’s administration is paralysed and the game is desperately stuttering towards a restart while many of the people who have to make the big decisions are trying to protect themselves and their doomed reputations. The Members Council, which comprises all of the provincial presidents with a president and vice-president added in, is the […]

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A fictional riddle – what is the answer?

 September 23, 2020
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You are the owner of a small book-keeping company with ten employees. Margins are tight but you have run the firm for most of your life and always managed to make ends meet. It’s time to step aside and let someone else take over. An old colleague in the book-keeping business recommends the ‘perfect’ manager […]

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Inside the chaos that was, and is, Cricket South Africa

 September 17, 2020
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One of the great ironies of Cricket South Africa’s meltdown is the fact that it took eight months to dismiss Thabang Moroe as chief executive – ironic because he found the process pretty simple when he was in charge. According to them, he didn’t even need any evidence of wrong-doing to get rid of six […]

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So many unanswered Welsh questions

 September 9, 2020
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There is an awful lot which doesn’t make sense in and around Cricket South Africa at the moment. There has been for over two years. So many questions. Let’s start with a really gentle one and work upwards. Why has Momentum remained so quiet for nine months after demanding, in December, the resignations of the […]

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Cricket South Africa – the way forward

 September 4, 2020
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At some point the anger and acrimony will have to be replaced by more constructive debates. The name-calling and rancour cannot continue if the game is to stagger back from the brink of catastrophe. The blame game will have to stop and a plan for a brighter, more constructive future implemented. Somewhere over the course […]

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The affable, amenable Balfour

 August 27, 2020
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Today I’m writing about a phone call from a man who I haven’t seen or spoken to for 15 years. Like most politicians he rubbed some people up the wrong way and could be outspoken, but real sports people who met him always enjoyed his personal engagement. Like so many people from the Eastern Cape, […]

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Time for a Revolution

 August 20, 2020
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A couple of days ago a young player with a handful of Proteas caps to his credit contacted me to ask what was going on at CSA. When I said I didn’t really know but that I was extremely worried, he asked whether he and his Franchise team mates would still have jobs by the […]

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