Cricket South Africa has branded remarks attributed to International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson about CSA’s role in contro...
Cricket South Africa has branded remarks attributed to International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson about CSA’s role in controversial ICC politics ‘disparaging’ and ‘insulting’.
Richardson, a former South Africa international, was reported on Friday as saying CSA was ‘not able to stand up to the big boys’ when an ICC constitutional revamp in 2014 gave the governing bodies of India, England and Australia control of world cricket.
The measures of the constitutional revamp, which handed the already-dominant ‘big three’ boards greater authority and a larger share of revenue, have since begun to be reversed.
However, CSA said in a robust statement that it took ‘strong exception’ to Richardson’s reported remarks and added that its president would ‘formally take up this matter with the ICC chairman’.
CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat, himself ICC chief executive from 2008 to 2012, said in the statement: ‘If he [Richardson] is indeed correctly quoted, his remarks come as a complete shock to us.
‘For someone who was actually party to the 2014 resolutions to now make such a disparaging remark to CSA is frankly nonsense and insulting to us.