When is a disbanded panel not disbanded? When CSA says so …

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It’s taken nine days, but Cricket SA (CSA) have finally responded to the disbandment of the panel appointed to investigate the national team’s poor performances in tournaments.

A CSA release on Friday said the probe had “been placed on hold until further notice” over “concerns with expectations around the timing for the review”.

The group, which consisted of former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, former test batsman Adam Bacher, sports physiologist Ross Tucker and Dawn Mokhobo, one of CSA’s independent directors, was formed in March in the wake of SA’s first-round crash out of the World T20.

On Wednesday, Tucker told TMG Digital: “We did begin our process as a panel and we were excited for the opportunity, not just for SA cricket but also because the process might have been an example to other sports of high performance review and strategy.

“However, the panel no longer exists, as per a decision taken a week ago. There are many reasons, but we did begin work on it. But ultimately we couldn’t agree with CSA on issues related to scope, process, time and resources.

“We had an idea for what we should do and how. But we then had to make a decision about whether to continue or not, and that decision was to step down from the process.”

Friday’s release quoted CSA chef executive Haroon Lorgat as saying, “After speaking with Dawn Mokhobo it became clear to me that we should not continue with this review if members of the panel were not confident that they could meet my expectations and those of the CSA board.

“We need to be completely aligned on what we expect to achieve from such a review and in what time frame.”

By Wednesday, news of the panel’s demise had yet to reach CSA’s board members – despite them having held a teleconference three days later.

Would CSA have said anything in public about the development had it not appeared in media reports and in Tucker’s reply to a question he was asked on social media?

Perhaps not, if another Lorgat quote in Friday’s release is to be taken seriously: “I was concerned by the behaviour of certain panel members who were not respectful of the clear protocols that we had agreed upfront. Using media platforms to shape an exercise of this importance is not the way to work.”

Lorgat was also quoted as saying the board was “still keen to conduct an independent review on the performances of our national teams with those panel members who are keen to continue”.

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