JOHANNESBURG – Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the players union, the South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca) are heading for a showdown over the federation’s plans for restructuring the domestic system.
CSA announced at the weekend that as from the 2020/21 season it is doing away with the current six team franchise system and returning to a 12-team provincial structure. The move is part of numerous cost cutting measures being implemented by CSA.
Last year CSA told Parliament’s portfolio committee for sport and recreation that it was forecasting losses of R654 million for the four year period ending in April 2022. With the new provincial structure, along with other belt-tightening measures, it hoped to lower that figure to R350-million.
However, the country’s professional players, represented by Saca, said yesterday they weren’t informed of the new plans and accused CSA of being in breach of the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with Saca last year.
“CSA has not properly consulted with the players association either on the actual financial position or on any restructuring of the domestic structure,” Saca’s chief executive Tony Irish said yesterday.