Cricket South Africa (CSA) has expressed its dismay at comments attributed to ICC chief executive David Richardson that suggested the nation failed to stand up to the big boys of the international game.
In an article published on ESPNCricinfo on Friday, former Proteas wicketkeeper Richardson discussed the ICC's constitutional revamp in 2014, which saw the boards of India, England and Australia given greater authority.
Richardson was quoted as saying: "The international game has gone through a period of turbulence, where the governance, the financial model, the playing [of the game] was in turmoil by the resolutions passed by the ICC in 2014. What happened in 2014 took place because unfortunately countries like South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand were not able to stand up to the big boys. I don't think that will happen again."
In response, CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement: "If he [Richardson] is indeed correctly quoted, his remarks come as a complete shock to us.
"For someone who was actually party to the 2014 resolutions to now make such a disparaging remark to CSA is frankly nonsense and insulting to us.
"The CSA board had from the very outset realised how damaging the original proposals would have been to the global growth of the game and together with Pakistan and Sri Lanka had strongly opposed it.
"This included CSA making a significant written submission to the ICC board which had resulted in a number of the original proposals being amended. That's in fact the reason why we are where we are now.
"The CSA board will always stand up for what it believes to be right for the game."
CSA's statement went on to confirm its president, Chris Nenzani, will formally take up the matter with ICC chairman Shashank Manohar.