PRESIDENT of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Ricky Skerritt is “praying and hoping” that South Africa will still tour the Caribbean in the coming months after hearing the news that South Africa sports minister Nathi Mthethwa has taken over the running of Cricket South Africa (CSA), making that country’s tour of the Caribbean in jeopardy.
According to a Reuters article, “A Special General Meeting was held last Saturday (April 17) where it was expected that the Members Council (of CSA) would achieve the 75 per cent majority vote in favour of a change to the Memorandum of Incorporation, but instead only six unions were in favour, while three abstained.
“I have decided to invoke my powers...by de-funding and de-recognising CSA‚” Mthethwa stated in a letter to CSA on Friday, said Reuters.
The Reuters article said the latest news coming out of South Africa “could fall foul of the International Cricket Council, who disapprove of government intervention.”
In a brief interview with Newsday on Friday, Skerritt said, “I am praying and hoping that cricket will win through in South Africa and that the South Africa cricket team will make its tour to the West Indies as planned.”
Earlier this month Skerritt was elected president unopposed at the CWI Annual General Meeting. This is his second term as president of CWI.
In a WhatsApp message to Newsday on Thursday, CWI CEO Johnny Grave seemed optimistic that the series would proceed.
He said, “We are having regular meetings (with CSA). We expect them to tour and everyone at CWI and CSA is working on that basis.”
South Africa are scheduled to tour the Caribbean for two Test matches and five T20 Internationals. CWI has not confirmed the dates of the tour yet, but a TT Cricket Board official told Newsday recently it is carded to start in early June.
The source also revealed that all matches in the South Africa-West Indies series are tentatively set to be held in Trinidad. CWI is making an effort to reduce the travelling done by players. All the matches in the Sri Lanka tour of West Indies in March and April were played in Antigua. The three-match T20 series was played at the Coolidge Cricket Ground and the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium hosted the three-match One Day International series and the two-match Test series.
Australia and Pakistan are also expected to tour the Caribbean in 2021.