Proteas media defends country's 'betrayal' in 'crucially voting' for ICC's 'governance' change

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 11, 2014 08:15 hrs

The South African media has defended Cricket South Africa's (CSA) last-moment turnaround to give approval to ICC's new 'power-control' proposal, saying that in the 'cynical', modern world of cricket - rules are there to be broken.

Sport24 reflected on where South Africa would have been if it did not move towards their perceived, last-gasp 'surrender' or 'betrayal' in crucially voting for wholesale changes in the global game's governance at the weekend and remained defiant like Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The report mentioned that it would have been foolish on CSA's part to join the other two countries who abstained, incidentally, rather than delivering principled 'nays' in the end, in a three-pronged school of dissent against the transmission of ICC authority to the 'Big Three' superpowers- India, Australia and England.

The report further said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has traditionally been more riddled with corruption, controversy and strife than most whilst Sri Lanka Cricket is in a state of particularly abject financial disarray.

Petty and vindictive as so much of current cricket-related politics admittedly is, a fragile CSA alliance with those two Asian countries would have bristled only with spectacular impotence in the greater scheme of things, the report added.

The report mentioned that the end result, in a nutshell, is that South Africa is now considered 'in' on the restructured party list, even if they will remain disturbingly vulnerable to the whims of the primary trio of new masters. (ANI)

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