Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) acting CEO, Jacques Faul, says he does not wish to cause dispute within the board, despite being only weeks away from the next annual general meeting.
Faul tendered his resignation on Thursday, only four months after replacing embattled CSA CEO Gerald Majola.
“If my presence divides the board, then maybe I shouldn’t be there,” Faul said on Friday.
“I don’t want to be an area of dispute and I felt my involvement would make it difficult with the process going forward.”
Faul made it clear he did not wish to hold the CSA board to ransom, after they asked him to reconsider his decision, and insisted he had the best interests of the game at heart.
CSA spokesman Altaaf Kazi said he had agreed to rethink his decision.
“It’s not an ultimatum,” he stressed, when asked if he would change his mind.
“We have to work out a way to go forward together and work out where the board stops and where operations start.
“We need to decide on what is policy and we’ve got to agree on it.
“If, with me being in it (the process) will not help cricket going forward, then no one is bigger than the game.”
Faul took office in an acting capacity after Majola was suspended in March for failing to declare R4.7 million in bonuses paid to CSA staff without clearance from the board or the remuneration committee.
During Faul’s short tenure, CSA worked hard on repairing the damage to their image and attracted a major sponsor, something they had failed to do since the 2009 Indian Premier League bonus scandal had tarnished their name.
“Things have improved over the last few months,” Faul said.
“We signed a big sponsor – Momemtum – which we hadn’t done for a while, and we brought stability to media reporting.
“But something big was always going to erupt in a difficult situation for the board.
“It was never going to be easy moving from one structure to another in a short space of time.
“And I understand it’s also difficult for them working with an acting CEO and an acting president (Willie Basson).
“So it’s an environment where there is always going to be some friction.” – Sapa