South Africa is threatening to be banned from cricket again. Disagreements between the country's government and the cricket board have escalated. The ICC is not taking it well at all.
Minister of Sports Nathi Mthethwa says he has "no further option" but to suspend Cricket South Africa (CSA), meaning the organisation would no longer be recognised as the governing body in that country.
South Africa cricket faces risk of ICC ban after government intervention
South Africa's three captains, Dean Elgar, Temba Babuma and Dan Van Niekerk, have issued a joint statement expressing deep concern over a possible suspension from the ICC in the face of the ongoing crisis.
A statement signed by South African Cricketers Association president Khaya Jondo expressed fears that South Africa would not be able to take part in the T20 World Cup to be held in India in October-November unless the current stalemate is resolved.
As per the statement, “the minister will be taking the necessary steps required to exercise his rights in terms of the law prescripts next week.”
Going by South Africa’s Sports and Recreation Act, the minister is entitled to intervene in “any dispute, alleged mismanagement or other related matter that is likely to bring a sport into disrepute.”