Cricket in South Africa has been plunged deeper into crisis ©Getty Images

The crisis at Cricket South Africa (CSA) has deepened after the country's National Olympic Committee ordered the entire Board to step aside because of "the many instances of maladministration and malpractice" at the embattled organisation.

Acting chief executive Kugandrie Govender is among the officials to have been instructed to stand down by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), which has appointed a taskforce to conduct an investigation into CSA.

The decision plunges South African cricket further into turmoil as it means there is no-one running the sport in the country on a day-to-day basis.

According to ESPN cricinfo, SASCOC said the "maladministration and malpractice" at CSA had "brought cricket into disrepute".

In response, CSA said it "does not agree with the resolution taken by SASCOC and has not had the opportunity to engage with SASCOC on various issues raised in the communication".

"CSA is taking legal advice regarding the basis on which SASCOC has sought to intervene in the business affairs of CSA," CSA said in a statement.

Acting CSA chief executive Kugandrie Govender is among the officials instructed to step aside ©CSA
Acting CSA chief executive Kugandrie Govender is among the officials instructed to step aside ©CSA

"CSA does, however, commit to engaging further with SASCOC to understand its position and to find common ground with it in the best interests of cricket."

CSA last month sacked Thabang Moroe, the organisation's former chief executive who was suspended in December 2019, after an independent investigation found him guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct.

The organisation has not released details of the exact reasons for Moroe's sacking, although it did confirm his offences were serious enough to warrant immediate dismissal, without the need for a disciplinary hearing.

Govender was appointed acting chief executive following Moroe's dismissal.

Naasei Appiah and Clive Eksteen, the respective former chief operating officer and head of sales and sponsorship, have also been fired in recent months.

CSA is also without an elected President after Chris Nenzani resigned three weeks before his term was due to end.