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Cricket SA must be just as swift in lifting graft smog

The Editor, The Times Newspaper | 2011-10-25 23:58:26.0

The Times Editorial: Two weeks ago, when The Times revealed that a convicted fraudster was at the point of being elected to a senior position in South African cricket, the sport's officialdom tried to pretend there was nothing wrong.

Then, a day after our revelations about Rajan Moodaley's criminal record, there was a sudden change of heart. A committee declared, with some understatement, that Moodaley's nomination for the presidency of the Eastern Province Cricket Board would not be "in the interest of cricket".

The decision, however, was kept secret until last Friday, the day Moodaley was due to be elected unopposed. The committee announced then that his nomination had been declined and that the acting president would remain until the board decided on "an appropriate time" to fill the position.

We would like to commend South African cricket for the speed with which it moved to prevent a crook from becoming a provincial president as well as a board member of Cricket SA, the sport's governing body in the country. But we suspect the organisation was prompted to act only after The Times' report.

Even the committee that made the call on the inappropriateness of Moodaley's nomination is something of a mystery. At the time of The Times' report, its chairman, Ray Mali, implied that it was a Cricket SA committee. When that became an embarrassment too (how could the national body prescribe to a province who to elect?) it became an "Eastern Province committee". Yet the only serving members on it are Mali, president of the Gauteng Cricket Board, Gerald Majola, CEO of Cricket SA, and Ajay Sooklal, a Durban attorney and chairman of Cricket SA's legal committee. Any connection with cricket in the Eastern Cape appears tenuous.

Now if only Cricket SA would act as speedily to resolve the far more serious business of apparent corruption at the highest level of the sport's administration.

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