Norman Arendse testifies during the Judge Nicholson inquiry into the Cricket SA bonus scandal. Picture: Masi Losi

Johannesburg – Former Cricket SA (CSA) president Norman Arendse could be added to the federation's new board at the upcoming annual general meeting (AGM).

The cricket body said on Friday the current CSA board would recommend to the AGM that the number of independent directors be increased from five to six to include Arendse and the original five accepted nominees.

“The board is now awaiting the outcome of the mediation between CSA and the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) by Deputy Minister of Sport Gert Oosthuizen before recommending the final composition of the independent component part of the new board to the AGM,” CSA said in a statement.

The date of the AGM, already postponed after Arendse appealed to Sascoc, would be determined by the outcome of the ministerial mediation process and the logistics of the changes made to the memorandum of incorporation.

The board had also decided to initiate the process of seeking a new CEO to replace Gerald Majola, who was sacked last month after a long-running bonus scandal.

Acting CSA CEO Willie Basson complimented the incumbent board members for their handling of the events which followed a ministerial inquiry led by Judge Chris Nicholson into the bonus saga.

“They have not always got the credit they deserve for the work they have done over the past nine months,” Basson said in a statement.

“They have created a state-of-the-art governance structure in line with the Nicholson Committee of Enquiry recommendations that is going to be important not just for cricket but for all South African sport.”

The exclusion of Arendse, who resigned as CSA president in 2008, as an independent director on CSA's new board was set aside by an independent arbitrator on Wednesday.

Lawyer Hilton Epstein ruled in favour of Arendse, who had lodged a complaint with Sascoc when his name was missing from CSA's list of independent board members announced in October.

The five independent board members were to form a newly structured board sitting alongside five provincial union presidents selected at the next annual general meeting originally scheduled for October 27.

The AGM was postponed to November 30, to await the outcome of Arendse's appeal. – Sapa