CRICKET SA (CSA) acting president AK Kahn was guilty of a serious lapse of judgment in trying to sweep the organisation's corporate governance failures under the carpet, but he and audit and risk committee head John Blair have at least belatedly set the right example by resigning in the wake of the Nicholson inquiry's damning report.
The time has indeed come for fresh leadership in the sport, as Mr Kahn told the CSA management committee on Wednesday, when he handed in his resignation. If he really wants to redeem himself, he should prevail upon CSA CE Gerald Majola to follow his example and cut all ties with the game.
Instead, Mr Majola has come out fighting, insisting to the last that he did nothing wrong in approving his own secret bonus payment as reward for helping organise the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament that took place in SA in 2009. There is an element of tragedy in this that is reminiscent of former Athletics SA president Leonard Chuene's ignominious downfall following the Caster Semenya debacle.
Mr Chuene also clung on, defending the indefensible, for far longer than was in his own best interests, let alone those of the sport he claimed to love. He was subsequently found guilty of financial improprieties and banned from all involvement in any sport under the jurisdiction of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee for seven years.
It has been obvious for some time that all is not well with the administration of cricket in SA. The inquiry commissioned by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and chaired by J udge Chris Nicholson confirmed this. The only honourable way forward for the rest of the CSA board is to resign and allow a new board to implement J udge Nicholson's recommendations.
Foremost among these is the restructuring of the board itself, with a view to avoiding the kind of chummy, self-serving relationships that resulted in the current board ignoring the advice of its own auditors to help Mr Majola avoid having to account for his actions.
Lest we forget, this unfortunate saga was first brought to the attention of the public when the CSA placed Gauteng cricket under administration for daring to question Mr Majola's handling of the IPL bonus issue. Good people who really do love the game were vilified and driven out; the new board's second task should be to issue an unreserved apology to them.