South Africa news July 9, 2013

CSA not upset at losing out on ICC events

Officials at Cricket South Africa (CSA) do not believe the board's recent problems with corporate governance had any bearing on them being left out of the ICC's major tournament plans for the next decade. The problems began because of unauthorised bonuses paid to CSA staff after the 2009 IPL and Champions Trophy, which were held in South Africa, and resulted in the dismissal of chief executive Gerald Majola, for whom a permanent replacement has yet to be found.

CSA's corporate governance was exposed as severely lacking in the aftermath of the affair and the board had to be restructured after ministerial intervention. While that process is now complete, CSA is yet to appoint a new boss and ESPNcricinfo has learned the revolving door of interim suits had led to a loss of stature for CSA at higher levels.

The current administration, however, denied that CSA's state of flux had any effect on the ICC's scheduling. "CSA enjoys a high standing with the ICC as our administration and organisation of major events has always been out of the top drawer," Naasei Appiah, the acting chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo.

South Africa is not scheduled to host a major tournament for the next decade after profiting handsomely in the past ten years. The country staged the 2003 World Cup, the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and the 2009 Champions Trophy, but have not been penciled in for any such events until at least 2023.

The next two 50-over World Cups, after 2015, will be in England and India, with the two countries also due to host the Test championship in 2017 and 2021. The World T20s after Bangladesh next year will be held in India in 2016 and Australia in 2020, with South Africa hosting an Under-19 World Cup in 2020.

Instead of considering itself snubbed, CSA is taking it in its stride. "We would obviously like to host more events but we have to bear in mind that we hosted three events in the previous decade, not to mention the IPL and the Champions League twice," Appiah said. "Australia have only hosted the Women's World Cup and the U-19 World Cup since they last hosted the World Cup in 1992, so they went through two decades without the main events. We are confident we will get our turn again in the following decade."

While CSA accepted the luck of the draw as the main reason for its exclusion, it also identified a few other reasons. Appiah mentioned the commercial interests in relation to the Test Championship, which some believed South Africa should have hosted given their sporting surfaces, turned the ICC to more established markets.

"It is disappointing not to host the Test Championship but it is understandable that the ICC opted for countries that are likely to draw big crowds," he said. "It will also make it easier to get a major sponsor."

Despite being left out of the elite club of hosts, South Africa will not lose out financially. Appiah confirmed the profit-sharing agreement with the ICC would leave CSA well-heeled as long as the ICC continued to make money. "Our share of ICC's net profit from events is 7.5%. Thus if the ICC secures its events in countries where there are significant commercial values, CSA stands to benefit as the distributions increases."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Basil on July 9, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    What's all the sooking about? Australia haven't hosted a tournament for 21 yrs and counting.

  • ZCF on July 9, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    What is the point of South Africa hosting such tournaments when participation at the highest levels of the game (franchise&international cricket) is not open to the masses. In the streets, greats like Jacques Kallis, and now Smith&AB etc are just like any other ordinary person, unless they are recognised by a few of their kith&kin who care about the game.

    Several studies have shown that at all levels(primary school up to club & provincia)l, rugby&cricket are dominated by the majority in the population. 21 years later this is still not reflected in the national teams and yet people expect SA to have as much support as the other top teams Eng, Ind&Aus. Who do support?

    No wonder it's only diehard cricket fans like myself who care. Otherwise most are never fooled by excuses such as 'more development is required so that good players can filter through to the top'. 21 years of development so 19year old de Kock can usurp Tsolekile, and Phangiso is dropped at will! ICC, keep your tourneys!!

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    South Africa is best placed economically in cricket. I dont know how much revenue SA generates from cricket. But if India travels to England/Aus/SA, Aus is at disadvantage as timings of the match will not suit the Indian audience and less revenue. England and SA are best placed. The peak season in SA doesn't clash with India (unlike England).

  • Alan on July 9, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Nothing to do with "luck of the draw", it's just the big three (England, India, Australia) looking after themselves.

  • Garry on July 9, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    HPD 702 "very sad for SA fans ", you wanna try being a New Zealand fan, we could only wish we hosted something every 10 years! We host one every 20 years.

  • Ivan on July 9, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Never forget the weather is always perfect in England. A major plus for them!

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    India and England r always more profitable coz f d large crowds

  • hayden on July 9, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    whats this guy doing at the icc???? he comes across honest and fair, thats an oxymoron when dealing with the icc!!! but hats off to him for stating the facts south africa have had a pretty good run with events! so far a tally of whos hosted an icc final in any tourniment: england have had 4 world cup finals, 2 champions trophy and 2 world 20/20. india 2 world cup, 1 champions trophy. south africa 1 world cup, 1 champions trophy and 1 20/20. west indies 1 world cup, 1 20/20. then the rest on 1 each ever!!! australia and pakistan 1 world cup each, bangledesh 1 champions trophy, sri lanka 1 20/20. that leaves poor NZ next to zimbabwe as the only full members to never host an icc final. even kenya managed to get a champions trophy. seriously a nation that has played tests for close to 100 years and they have to share with the next most neglected nation in australia which means no chance of getting a final. NZ should have been given the next 20/20, not bangledesh or india!!!

  • Harshal on July 9, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    very sad for SA fans

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