Having left matters lamentably late, Cricket SA is hinting that an interim agreement with the South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca) may be needed to save the professional game from collapse in the country. The current memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Cricket SA and Saca expires at the end of April, in seven working days, including Thursday. No replacement has been agreed, and without a valid MOU most of the country’s national and franchise players would be unemployed. That would leave them free to strike deals with other organisations, particularly T20 circuses around the world, which could see them lost to cricket in SA. Saca has complained that Cricket SA has delayed negotiations for a new agreement. But in a release on Wednesday the board said it had "outlined plans to conclude a new MOU with Saca as a matter of urgency". The release includes a get-out-of-trouble clause: "In the event of negotiations concerning the new MOU not being completed by April 30, Cricket ...

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