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March 14, 2012
Cricket South Africa acting president AK Khan and chairman of the audit committee John Blair have both resigned from their posts. Their departures, announced at a meeting on Wednesday evening, come three days before a board meeting that is likely to decide the fate of the CEO Gerald Majola.
Khan's decision is the latest development in a tough period for South Africa's administration which has included the bonus controversy related to the 2009 IPL that has led to a difficulty in finding sponsors for both international and domestic cricket in the country.
"I would like to apologise to our fans and the country for the fact that this matter remains unresolved at the current time and I wish the future leadership of CSA all of the best," Khan said. "But the fact has to be faced that we have not been able to resolve the problem that has bedevilled our cricket for the past two years and I believe the time has come for fresh leadership to take the game forward."
Khan has had two short stints as CSA president, first from February to May in 2011 then again from October that year. Blair, meanwhile, said the time had come for him to move on in the best interests of cricket.
Last week the committee investigating the bonus payments ruled that Majola had violated the Companies Act and recommended that the case be referred to the National Prosecuting Authority. Majola has maintained his innocence and told The New Age newspaper on Tuesday that he declared the bonuses to the board but did not write them down.
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