South African cricket faces a crucial weekend ahead of separate meetings of Cricket South Africa’s board and the country’s players’ association – less than three weeks before the start of a Test series against England. CSA will hold a special board meeting on Saturday following a week of drama and controversy sparked by the withdrawal of media accreditation of five leading journalists.
According to a media statement, “important decisions will be made” at the meeting. It is not known whether one of the decisions will be to finalise the appointment of a director of cricket.
Former Test captain Graeme Smith announced on November 14 that he had withdrawn his interest in taking the job because he was not confident that he would have the freedom to act in the way he wanted. But Smith confirmed on Monday following a weekend newspaper report that he was once again having discussions with CSA, “but I still have real concerns, which I have reiterated.”
The SA Cricketers’ Association (SACA) has scheduled a meeting of its executive at which possible industrial action, which could include a players’ strike, will be discussed because of an alleged infringement of the commercial rights of players by CSA.