The entire board of Cricket South Africa has resigned amid allegations of mismanagement.
Former Cricket SA acting President Beresford Williams had been implicated in wrongdoing in a report which detailed how a former CEO was appointed despite being under-qualified for his position.
The cricket board has been in shambles since Chief Executive Thabang Moroe was suspended last December.
His suspension prompted calls from the country’s players’ association and major sponsors for the board to step down.
The announcement of the entire board’s resignation comes less than 24 hours before a deadline given to Cricket South Africa by the country’s Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
The minister had told the International Cricket Council that he would intervene in the running of the board unless it committed to government reforms by the end of October.
Such an intervention could have resulted in action from the International Cricket Council which is against any form of government interference in the sport.
According to a series of tweets posted by Cricket South Africa, the council resolved that in order to best serve the interest of the sport in the country, the entire board would resign.
The Proteas are due to host World Champions England in a limited overs series next month.
In 2019, Zimbabwe was suspended for three months from international competition following government intervention which replaced its cricket board with an interim committee.