Cricket South Africa will apply for the 2027 ICC Cricket World Cup.© Cricket South Africa / Twitter
Cricket South Africa will submit its bid to host the 2027 Men’s Cricket World Cup, interim president Rihan Richards said on Friday. Richards made the announcement at a press conference where details of a new governance model for the ASC were revealed after months of wrangling. He said an agreement on the composition of a new board, with a majority of independent directors, would allow the CSA to focus firmly on cricket issues.
Richards said South Africa will participate in a bidding process for International Cricket Council events over a new eight-year cycle. The auctions are expected to open in the coming months.
“We will be competing in the Men’s and Women’s World Cups, an Under-19 World Cup and a T20 World Cup,” said Richards.
“But we will be focusing on the 2027 Men’s World Cup. We think this is an ideal opportunity as it will be 24 years since we last hosted it.”
South Africa hosted the 2003 Men’s World Cup and 2005 Women’s World Cup as well as the inaugural 2007 World T20 and the 2009 Champions Trophy. It also hosted two Under-19 tournaments.
Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced earlier that he would no longer withdraw government recognition from the CSA, which he threatened last week after the members’ council, led by Richards, failed to reach an agreement with a interim advice on a governance structure.
Mthethwa attended Friday’s conference and said he would step down now after a process he said was “between life and death in cricket”.
Acting board chairman Stavros Nicolaou said a June 12 target date has been set for an annual general meeting – postponed from last October – to which a 15-member board would be installed, with eight independent directors and five appointed by the members. board as well as the CEO and CFO of the CSA.
There will be an independent chair.
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