2020/2021 Free State Cricket Union Annual General Meeting
Free State Cricket Union (FSCU) last night hosted their 129th Annual General Meeting (AGM) via Microsoft Teams;
The President Mr Xander Snyders welcomed everyone, with special recognition to the Board of Directors, Members Council, Staff, PWC and Sponsors.
After the confirmation of the agenda, notice of meeting and adoption of the minutes the President continued with his annual Presidents Report:
“Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, stakeholders, honoured guests, it’s an honour and privilege for me to present the Annual Report of Free State Cricket for the season of 2020-2021. It needs to be noted that the season ended 30 April 2021 still under Covid 19 regulations and limitations.
It think it will only be appropriate to firstly pay our last respect to all of those who lost a family member, friend and or colleague due to the Covid 19 pandemic, may their soul rest in eternal peace.
Unfortunately only limited cricket and or activities were allowed in the season due to Covid 19. Activities on the field as well as off the field and cricket administration were compromised in these difficult times. We can only be grateful and blessed for the cricket activities that materialised under stringent Covid 19 regulations and protocols.
Covid 19 also prevented FSCU to host several tournaments as well as an England ODI in 2020 of which had a huge negative impact on the financials FSCU. All awards was done on a virtual platform to conform to Covid 19 regulations. The new normal, Virtual Awards, was effective and done professionally recognising and acknowledged all the players and administrators who performed through the season.
Highlights/ Achievements during 2020-2021 Season
CSA 4 Day Competition
The Knights came second in their pool. Patrick Botha was elevated to the VKB Knights due to his performance.
Momentum 1 Day Competition played in North West under Bio-Bubble
Played 4 matches
No Result 3
The following players were selected as part of the VKB Knights team from the FSCU Amateur team, however they could not participate due to the limited matches that was played.
Neelan van Heerden
Johan van Dyk
CSA T20 Competition took place in Durban under Bio-Bubble.
Ended 5th on the overall log
FSCU is proud to congratulate the players that received Protea call ups, we cannot wait to see them in future in green and gold.
Pite van Biljon
Raynard van Tonder
Indian Premier League (T20)
Gerald Coetzee – Rajasthan Royals
Caribbean Premier League (T20)
Mighael Pretorius – Jamaican Talawars
Congratulations to all that performed and achieved the highest level in a difficult season, you made FSCU proud.
Unfortunately for FSCU Michelle Botha our Women Provincial Player and her husband Gawie Botha who was a National Panel Umpire departed to Abu Dabi. FSCU wish them only the best in their future endeavours.
Free State Cricket Union also want to extend their word of appreciation to Romano Terblanche who retired. Romano played in all levels of cricket in the Free State and the Franchise. He played for fourteen years, two hundred and seventy four matches across all formats. Thank you Romano for your commitment and passion for cricket.
Cricket South Africa
The 2020-2021 season will most probably be known as a controversial and difficult year for CSA. The Fundudzi report was revealed to public and all Government platforms in 2020 of which lead the Minister of Sport to initiate an Interim Board to implement seven pillars of the Fundudzi report. The Fundudzi report caused huge damage to the Image of CSA and the game in the media and was crucified all over for bad governance and financial management.
I am delighted to say that all the fundamental concerns in the Fundudzi report was ironed out including the MOI. CSA can now concentrate on promoting the game that we all love. The CSA AGM was scheduled for 12 June 2021 and FSCU would like to congratulate all the new appointments. A special word of encouragement to go to Mr Rihan Richards and Mr Naidoo, FSCU wish them a very successful term in very testing circumstances.
Sub Unions & Cricket in General
FSCU want to acknowledge the Sub Unions efforts, commitments and passion for the game. We definitely need to review structures to ensure that all resources are applied efficiently to produce sufficient facilities that conform to the required standards and develop cricket in all areas and levels. Financial constraints will definitely pose a challenge in future therefore we need to work hard to ensure all clubs become financially independent through securing revenue. It is my personal opinion that Development Clubs also needs to be empowered to function independently.
FSCU is proud to be associated with our sponsors that has made a significant role in the wellbeing of cricket. I want to thank VKB for the past seven years the relationship did go beyond the playing fields.
Let me also acknowledge and appreciate the overwhelming support of our sponsors through the past season in the name of VKB, Magnifisan, SA Breweries, Distell, Twizza, Avis, OFM and Human Motors without your support in the struggling economy we wouldn’t have made it. Sadly Avis decided after fifteen years not to continue with their sponsorship. FSCU also want to welcome the new sponsors into the Free State Cricket family we cannot wait for the new season working together to build our brand and game that we love.
FSCU also wants to thank the media for their important contribution towards cricket throughout the year.
As in the past finance will always be a challenge especially with a South African economy under pressure. The 2021-2022 season will not be different, the hosting of international games, domestic tournaments and the attainment of new revenues will be integral to the wellbeing of FSCU. New sponsors will play a fundamental role in the wellbeing of FSCU in these trying times.
We are excited going into a new domestic season of cricket where FSCU will be playing under its own identity since the inception of Franchises. We are playing in the new domestic structure in Division A where we qualify to play in the Mzanzi League. Our team, the Knights, will also be fitted out with a new logo and play in dominantly orange clothing. The Knights team compilation is a combination of experience and youth, we cannot wait to see the Orange Machine in action under the leadership of our Captain Pite Van Biljon.
In conclusion I want to thank the Board of Directors, Members Council, players, technical officials and personnel for the healthy relationship in taking forward the organisation, their hard work and commitment through the season. I want to thank the CEO, Johan Van Heerden, and his team for their perseverance, support and crucial role they performed throughout the season. Together we can only build the FSCU brand to become one of the best Cricket Unions in South Africa.
Lastly, I would like to thank my family for being patient and the unconditional support through the season.
I thank you.”
The annual financial statement will be finalised by the auditors by next week thus the Income and Balance Sheets was presented by FSCU Treasurers Mr. Jeff Mosala and accepted by the board.
Presentation of the Affiliates reports were referred to the AGM Booklet.
Mr Snyders closed the 129th Annual General Meeting by thanking all for the past season and hoping that the new season will bring more opportunities to play cricket.
The link to the FSCU AGM 2020 2021 Booklet: https://www.dropbox.com/t/hbn3Z9DoGrvEYteT