Cape Town: Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani denied yesterday that he changed his organisation’s vote or “cut deals” after backing a proposed revamp of the International Cricket Council.
Nenzani cast South Africa’s vote in Singapore last Saturday in favour of a proposal which effectively gives control to the “big three” of India, England and Australia despite CSA having earlier opposed the idea.
“I would just like to correct the misleading perception that we changed our vote at the last moment,” he told a media briefing in Cape Town.
“That is not the case. I exercised our vote in terms of the mandate given to me by my fellow board members and the members’ forum at our joint sitting on February 1. We did not form alliances or cut deals with any other country. I did attend a meeting with the representatives of Sri Lanka and Pakistan ahead of the meeting so that they were aware of our position,” said Nenzani. The CSA vote left Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the only countries not in favour. Both abstained from voting.
Nenzani met Indian board president N Srinivasan before the ICC meeting and Sanjay Patel, secretary of BCCI said later that the two countries were on the verge of concluding a deal for bilateral tours.