South African cricket in trouble

South African cricket faces a crucial weekend ahead of separate meetings of Cricket South Africa's board and the country's players' association less than three weeks before the start of a Test series against England.

CSA will hold a special board meeting on Saturday following a week of drama and controversy sparked by the withdrawal of media accreditation of five leading journalists. According to a media statement, 'important decisions will be made' at the meeting.

It is not known whether one of the decisions will be to finalise the appointment of a director of cricket. Former Test captain Graeme Smith announced on 14 November that he had withdrawn.