JACQUES Faul resigned as Cricket SA (CSA) acting CE yesterday, citing "hostility" and a "campaign to discredit me" by forces inside and outside the game.
However, Faul told Business Day last night he had been persuaded to reconsider his decision, and would.
"I was given the impression I had no support on the board, but after I sent them my letter people started asking me not to resign," Faul said.
The issue is sure to dominate CSA's board meeting next Friday.
In his letter, Faul wrote: "I sense some hostility towards me and am well aware that there is a campaign to discredit me by people, mainly outside cricket, but also within the formal cricket structure."
Ironically, what should have been the good news of CSA signing a six-year sponsorship deal worth R200m with financial services group Momentum could be at the heart of the board's dissatisfaction with Faul. Former CSA board member Paul Harris, who was among the whistle-blowers in the exposure of the improper payment of R4,7m in bonuses to 40 board employees, is a Momentum director.
Faul has admitted holding discussions with Harris as he tried to extricate cricket from the mess.
The bonus crisis led to the suspension of CE Gerald Majola and the loss of major sponsors by CSA. "Cricket has been deeply divided into camps due to the ongoing bonus saga," Faul wrote. Sponsors withdrew and negative media reporting were the result.
"For this to improve and to gain a better understanding of the position I had been entrusted to, I had to consult with a wide number of people. My actions should please not be interpreted as aligning with a certain group."
Another aspect of the bonus saga fallout is that the board is being radically restructured to include more independent directors and fewer of the provincial presidents who failed to take adequate action over the bonus payments.
Faul painted a picture of a fractious relationship with a board that has been asked to design its own demise.
"If the board is of the opinion that my actions do more harm than good, it will be better for me to vacate this position," he said.
"I also believe certain board members have lost trust (or never had) in my judgement and seek to micro-manage operations.
"This will lead to further conflict as I cannot agree with this."
CSA acting president Willie Basson came out in support of Faul.
"The board are getting nervous because D-Day is getting closer and half of them will no longer be part of the structure," Basson said.