IPL contract compromised SA cricket unions: report

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Johannesburg, Feb 8 (PTI) During the 2009 Indian PremierLeague, Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola hadsigned a contract with the former IPL chairman Lalit Modiwhich favoured the league organisers and brought serious riskto the affiliates of CSA, a report here said.

"On the face of it, the contract strongly favoured theIndians, who had approached South Africa at the eleventh hourto host their tournament amid election security concerns backhome," ''Mail and Guardian'' newspaper said after examining acopy of the contract.

CSA had refused to disclose the contents of theagreement, which was allegedly signed by Majola withoutconsulting the CSA board.

A bonus of more than one million Rand that the IPL paidto Majola and nearly 8,00,000 Rand to his chief of operations,Don McIntosh subsequently became the subject of controversyuntil Majola handed his bonus back and was rapped on theknuckles for not reporting this to his superiors.

The IPL contract had angered provincial cricket bodieswhich were denied a request to see its contents, especially asit "compromised all the provinces � they gave away all ourrights", the weekly said quoting an unnamed official.

"They gave away rights that weren''t even ours to giveaway, from parking to occupying suites and arrangements withstadium vendors. There''s no way that anyone can make adecision of this magnitude without running it past the board."

The official added that in at least one stadium, this hadled to 30 per cent of the suites standing empty after the IPLbecause disgruntled suite holders had decided not to renewtheir contracts.

The IPL contract and its repercussions have come back tohaunt Majola, who has maintained a silence throughout thecontroversy after his boss CSA President -- facingrevolt in the ranks -- publicly accused Majola of having liedto him about the IPL bonus.

CSA spokesperson Kass Naidoo also declined to comment,citing the current emphasis on the World Cup that starts inthe subcontinent later this month.

The Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula is to meet the CSABoard on Saturday in an effort to resolve the impasse in thecricket management structure.

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