Johannesburg: As Cricket South Africa (CSA) prepares to restructure its top management, former president Norman Arendse, who resigned barely a year into his term in September 2008, has expressed his desire to return to an administrative position with the board.

Arendse resigned after citing irreconcilable differences with then chief executive officer Gerald Majola, who is under suspension and currently facing a disciplinary hearing in the wake of the Nicholson inquiry instituted by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The minister launched the inquiry following almost two years of wrangling at CSA over IPL 2 bonuses that Majola had paid himself and other CSA staff without informing the board.

IPL paid the handsome bonus to CSA for staging the second edition of the tournament which was shifted to South Africa due to clash of dates with the general elections in India.

In terms of the new CSA structure recommended by the Nicholson inquiry, CSA's 11 provincial affiliates are submitting nominations for the five independent directors' positions. One of these five would also be elected as chairperson of the board.

Arendse, who previously faced a no-confidence motion from six of the unions, has been nominated high on the list of three unions already.

A clearly elated Arendse said he would work at restoring the tarnished image of CSA if he were elected.

"This is a different time and a completely different structure. It's a new beginning for cricket (in South Africa) and I want to be part of it," Arendse told the daily "The New Age".

"The nomination by the affiliates means they think I'm the best qualified person," the former president added.


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