SACA congratulates India for pledging to play Proteas, hopeful about CSA governance

The South African Cricketers Association (SACA) has welcomed India’s decision to embark on its tour of South Africa, which begins in a fortnight.

Uncertainty about the trip grabbed the headlines following reservations about South African scientists identifying the Omicron variant and its domino effect of increasing infections in the country.

But, aware of the massive financial impact that a postponement or cancellation would have had on its finances, Cricket South Africa (CSA) did almost everything to reassure about safety and, earlier this week, the Indians confirmed as the series of tests and ODI were unfolding.

Saca has not let this solidarity, especially after the cancellations of England and Australia over the past year, go unnoticed in the wake of their annual general meeting.

“We are grateful to the Indian team for continuing the tour this summer,” said Andrew Breetzke, the head of SACA.

The body also noted that the successful election of a new CSA board, headed by Lawson Naidoo following the installation of an interim decision-making body at the behest of the government, gives cause for optimism. .

“Cricket is in a healthier position than it was 12 months ago, especially from a CSA governance perspective,” Breetzke said.

“However, 2021 has always been a very difficult year and cricket in South Africa will face significant financial challenges over the next few years.”

With the Proteas-India battle taking place in a strict bio-secure environment, Saca reiterated that she will continue to provide psychological support to players.

“Covid and the ‘bubble of life’ continued to put all players under immense pressure and the SACA provided psychological support to players and their families during this time,” Breetzke said.

“The sustainability of these bubbles from a human point of view remains a concern for all players in the game.”

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