Board begs Faul to stay
Cricket SA is hoping to persuade its acting CEO, Jacques Faul, to stay on at the beleaguered sports body amid confusion on whether he has resigned from the governing body.
Faul first told Business Day last week that he ha d resigned, then he said he had been persuaded to withdraw the resignation.
Acting president of the Cricket SA board Willie Basson said he was hoping to persuade Faul to reconsider quitting.
Faul yesterday said: "I haven't resigned."
He said the Cricket SA board would meet and make an announcement on Friday.
Faul then confused the issue further: "I have made up my mind, but a few things can still happen and I might change my mind."
Faul recently took over as CEO from Gerald Majola, who was suspended following a judicial investigation of unauthorised bonuses that he had awarded to himself and others.
Basson took over as caretaker president from acting president AK Khan, who had taken over from Mtutuzeli Nyoka, who had been ousted by the Cricket SA board.
Faul cited "interference from certain board members in operational matters" when he told Business Day he had resigned.
But Basson believes the differences Faul had with the board could be resolved.
"Any differences between the two parties can surely be resolved.
"Whatever conflict there is, we can all sit and talk it through as long as we don't shoot each other," said Basson.
"We are all mature adults. Everyone knows their responsibilities and we are true to the fact that we can solve all issues if we have the interests of cricket at heart.
"I am still comfortable and confident that we will reach a positive agreement. I'm looking forward to Friday's meeting."
Basson said that if Faul were to resign, it would interrupt the strides being made by the interim leadership in "fixing" the board.
"It is not in our interests to have such interruptions.
"Jacques has done a great job, and was instrumental in helping CSA get sponsors again," said Basson.
"Any sort of discontinuation in our efforts to take Cricket SA forward will deter the organisation from steering the boat in the right direction. We are hoping to put his resignation to rest as promptly as possible," said Basson.