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Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced a detailed plan to get the game moving after the challenges it has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last couple of months, sport has come to grinding halt and the industry is now looking at various ways to get back to functioning at full tilt.

A virtual press-conference involving Dr Jacques Faul, CSA chief executive, Graeme Smith, director of cricket, Dr Shuaib Manjra, chief medical officer, and Andrew Breetzke, SACA Chief Operating Officer, was held on Thursday (May 21) to reveal a few of the strategies the board has come up with to re-start the game within South Africa.

One of the key announcements made was about the availability of a ‘Support Fund’ to those in distress due to the current crisis.

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“The board approved a four-pillar strategy on 15 May and that gives effect to a few things,” Faul outlined. “The first one is that we will have a support fund, which we will be rolling out. It’s a fund that will provide support to people within the cricket industry and also to the most vulnerable South Africans. We have to use our voice as cricket and also co-ordinate the efforts of some of our players that are already involved in this work.”

“Then we will continue to engage with our stakeholders, and I want to thank Andrew for sharing this telecon with us. We are continuing to engage the major role players and that includes SACA. I want to thank them for the amount of work they are doing towards the duty of care towards the players during lockdown and their efforts at the time of this ongoing crisis.”

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Breetzke stated that it’s important that the game continues to grow and SACA works closely with CSA to serve the best interests of the game.

“We’re at a crucial juncture where the future of the game is at stake, so it’s important that SACA works with CSA in the best interests of the game and that goes for all the stakeholders. So, this is what we are doing at the moment.” Breetzke added.

While Faul mentioned the possibility of India’s men’s team touring the country in August this year, he added that CSA were making their plans with the health and safety of their players in mind.