Champions Trophy hosts South Africa will not host international matches at The Wanderers in Johannesburg until its affiliate Gauteng Cricket Board tenders apology for criticising the poor management of the recent IPL tournament in the country.
The GCB,which controls the Wanderers stadium criticised Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Officer Gerald Majola,the BCCI and the organisers of the 2009 Indian Premier League over the handling of the tournament.
CSA President Mtutuzeli Nyoka called a special meeting of its Members Forum to allow Majola to present a high level overview of the tournament and to discuss the complaints by the GCB.
Nyoka said in a statement issued after the meeting that the CSA Members Forum unanimously accepted the high-level overview presented by Majola and congratulated him on outstanding work in obtaining and successfully hosting the IPL tournament at such short notice.
“The Members Forum gave a full vote of confidence in Mr Majola and the forum rejected with contempt the allegations of mismanagement against Mr Majola,the BCCI and IPL which were made to CSA by the Gauteng Cricket Board,” he said.
“The Forum has asked the GCB to unconditionally withdraw these allegations and apologise to CSA’s President and CEO as well as to CSA as a whole and the BCCI. The Forum has asked the GCB to indicate what their conditions are for hosting international matches at the Wanderers Stadium under the auspices of CSA. Until both the apology and the hosting conditions are submitted,there will be no international matches staged at the Wanderers Stadium under the auspices of CSA,” Nyoka said.
“This will not have a bearing on the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa in September as this is an ICC event,” he added.
Nyoka said Majola’s overview showed that CSA,the hosting Affiliates and South Africa had benefited handsomely across the board by hosting the tournament.
“CSA was due to receive a USD 3-million hosting fee,but Mr Majola negotiated R30-million fee,a sum of R6-million more than the current exchange on USD 3-million. The IPL also agreed to increase its contractual liability from R125k per match day to R125k per match,giving those who hosted double-headers extra revenue. Stadia hosting fees will total a clear-profit R7.4million,” he said.
IPL will play all extra costs,including the cost of relocating suite holders and the ‘public thank you’ advertisements placed by CSA after the tournament. The tournament organisers had also donated R7.5-million to South African school nursery funds.
“The IPL has reported that the total spent on the tournament was R1.7-billion,it generated 25,000 hotel room nights and 6000 flights. It had a global television audience with ratings an impressive 11 per cent higher than the inaugural event in India last year,” the CSA President said.
“More than 800,000 people watched the 59 games at the eight stadia in South Africa’s major centres. The tournament was a resounding success acclaimed throughout the international sporting world and was a big boost for South Africa ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Cup. The only negative to come out of this has been the unacceptable behaviour of the Gauteng Cricket Board both during and after the tournament,” Nyoka added.