Cricket SA slammed for keeping players in dark over future
London — SA’s cricketers say administrators are ignoring worries about the state of their profession despite attempts to find out what is going on.
They said that even though Cricket SA had made wider announcements about mounting losses and hatched measures to try and stop the bleeding‚ which the SA Cricketers’ Association (Saca) said would lead to job losses and pay cuts.
"Saca has formally written to Cricket SA twice in the last six weeks to express its concerns relating to Cricket SA’s financial position‚" Saca president Omphile Ramela was quoted as saying in a release issued by the organisation on Tuesday.
"To date we haven’t received any reply at all to those letters.
"It is critical to know the extent of the financial challenge facing cricket and to be comfortable on how that challenge is being dealt with.
"The players’ livelihoods depend on cricket’s financial sustainability but this is not only about the players. It is also about the future of the entire game in our country."
Cricket SA said at the weekend they would "review [their] financial model in order to recover historical losses that have been accumulated since 2011" — a plan that includes scrapping of the six-team franchise system and a return to a 12-side provincial model.
That followed Cricket SA CEO Thabang Moroe telling parliament in October that the board anticipated losses of R654m in the rights cycle that will end in 2022.
Tuesday’s release quoted Saca CEO Tony Irish as saying: "A four-year deficit amounting to hundreds of millions of rands is unprecedented in SA cricket and is a serious concern to us
"The future of the game is in the balance and as a critical stakeholder we believe the players have a right to know what the financial position actually is‚ how it is being dealt with and how this is going to affect all other cricket stakeholders.
"We have asked Cricket SA for clarity and to date it has not provided this. Saca wishes to act responsibly and play its part in dealing with the challenge but in order to do that Cricket SA must play open cards with us and properly engage with us."
Asked for comment‚ Cricket SA did not immediately respond to queries.