South Africa likely to get banned from appearing in international outings after government’s interference

The laws and norms of ICC forbid interference of government, and there is a certain punishment for the issue.

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South Africa have a danger of getting banned hovering over them from international cricket after recent revelations from their government. The government of SA tried to intervene in the matters of the national body of sports after reports of serious misconduct by senior authorities came out. The statement from their sports minister, Nathi Mthethwa, clearly stated that he had informed about the same matter to the International Council of Cricket (ICC).

The laws and norms of ICC forbid interference of government, and there is a certain punishment for the issue. The punishment is usually a ban for the country from the international outings till the time the cricket body of the country starts to function again in an independent manner. The tension between the South African government and Cricket South Africa was going for a long.

It relates to a long-running investigation in the matters of cricket body that ultimately resulted in the firing of their CEO. Thabang Moroe, the former CEO of Cricket South Africa, was fired from his designation for being alleged of serious misconduct in the month of August. However, the cricket body refused to go in line with reports by independent investigators. They even resisted the action by the government-aligned South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee to carry their investigations in matters of CSA.

Moroe and former COO of Cricket South Africa found guilty as per reports

CSA eventually released a summary publicly that had the report of forensic investigation’s findings in this month. CSA was even asked to hand over the entire 500 pages long report to South African law bodies, a week after they demanded to have a look at it. The parts of the same report were revealed publicly and pointed to a serious act of misconduct and some corruption. The reports implicated Moroe and former chief operating officer, Naasei Appiah, in the wrong acts.

Lawmakers who have seen all the documents questioned yesterday that why other executives and board members have been exempted from the investigation. This action was of much significance if CSA was trying to hide some wrong acts by others. They simply labelled it as a one-sided report.

“I have now reached a point where I see no value in any further engagement with CSA,” Mthethwa said as quoted by The New Indian Express.

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