Featured Image: CricketCricket South Africa (CSA) and Indoor Cricket South Africa (ICSA) ended an eleven-year-old stand-off when both parties signed a memorandum of agreement giving ICSA Associate Membership status to CSA on Tuesday.

CSA Senoir Cricket Manager, Max Jordaan looks forward to the rewards that this partnership will bring to the many facets of cricket, “This has been a long, driving issue for many years and the signing of this memorandum brings together the opportunity to fully integrate cricket.

“This is particularly important for women’s cricket as indoor cricket is the first stride that most young girls make into the game and this partnership can only help blossom the future of women’s cricket in South Africa,” he said.

This move has brought a lot of happiness to the indoor cricket community and marks a much-coveted goal reached by the organisation, “This is a major milestone for us. We have been longing for this for many years and as an autonomous unit, we can go out there and do what we do best as a recognized structure. We are proud to be associated with a structure like Cricket South Africa,” a jubilant ICSA President Vicky Petersen said.

CSA CEO Gerald Majola is happy that this issue has been put to rest and is looking forward to a successful future between the two bodies; “The vision of CSA is to make cricket accessible to all. By signing this agreement, we are exposing cricket to a whole new audience,” he said.

“We look forward to gaining new players who can be converted from indoor to formal cricket for the further growth of the game. This partnership means we are truly living this vision of making cricket truly accessible to all,” Majola continued.

The roles and responsibilities will include among other things; recognising ICSA as an Associate Member, allowing ICSA its relative autonomy status in relation to the technical aspects of indoor cricket and allowing a delegate of ICSA to attend CSA Development Sub Committee meetings without vote when an indoor cricket issue is to be tabled.

CSA will neither be held accountable nor responsible for any legal or financial affairs of ICSA and it will endorse ICSA’s application for funding from the National Lotto Distribution Fund.

As far as reporting lines are concerned, all ICSA matters will be raised within the CSA Cricket Development Committee for consideration, this committee will then forward a recommendation to the CSA Board for consideration and approval.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am that we have finally reached this milestone and I know that only good things can happen from now on,” ICSA Secretary General Johnny Welmans said.