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Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani resigns with immediate effect
End of Tenure

Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani resigns with immediate effect

Chris Nenzani has stepped down from his post as the Cricket South Africa (CSA) president, three weeks ahead of the scheduled end of his tenure.

Nenzani's reign in the months before his eventual resignation has been engulfed in various controversies involving several administrative crises.

Under his watch, the board suspended CEO Thabang Moroe following a forensic audit leading to the individual promising legal action against the organisation.

Another legal battle is on the cards as the CSA dismissed chief operations officer Naasei Appiah in unceremonious fashion for "transgressions of a serious nature".

Nenzani first occupied the top position in CSA in 2013 and served two three-year terms before agreeing to stay in power for an additional 12 months to see the board through a tumultuous period. But the extra time spent by him as CSA president did little to hinder the effects of the impending doom.

South Africa had their worst World Cup showing last year and then endured a torrid time in the Test series in India and the home series against England, resulting in Faf du Plessis' decision to relinquish captaincy duties.

Meanwhile, the Mzansi Super League has been plagued with the absence of television rights giving birth to extravagant losses instead of the intended goal of earning profits through the T20 tournament.

The board's incompetency to rope in Graeme Smith for the role of director of cricket according to the stipulated deadlines also tarnished Nenzani's legacy.

Moreover, CSA's confrontation with the South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) over a domestic structure overhaul threatened a players' rebellion and major sponsors deserted the cricket body in the last few months.

Since the Black Lives Matter movement has taken the spotlight after the killing of George Floyd, CSA has landed in fresh controversy surrounding its commitment to eradicating racial bias in its set-up.

Despite the CSA's dedication to implementing the racial quota and meeting the transformation targets, a number of black players have come forward to share their stories of discrimination and alienation.

"Chris Nenzani has resigned as the President of the Members Council and the Chairman of the board of directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) with effect from the 15th of August 2020," the CSA media release read with no explanation about his reasons to do so.

"Mr. Nenzani led Cricket South Africa with dedication and astutely since 2013. Mr. Nenzani has provided valuable leadership, insight, assistance and direction in advancing the game of cricket with a focus on achieving transformation and access for the majority of the South African population," the statement added.

There seems to be no obvious successor to Nenzani in the long run with vice president Beresford Williams set to "act as President of the Members Council until the appointment of a new President at the AGM scheduled for the 5th of September 2020."