Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola was 'like a Frankenstein which was out of control', former CSA president Norman Arendse told the Nicholson inquiry into the financial affairs of the board.
"Much like the googly and the doosra, there is lots of deception in cricket," said Arendse, who resigned in 2008 after his relationship with Majola broke down irreconcilably.
Arendse accused Majola of ruling CSA with an iron fist.
"(Majola) comes with a document and says: 'I propose the following people to sit on the audit committee (and) the remunerations committee.' There's no debate, it is routinely rubber stamped by the board.
"All of us involved in cricket have created this environment. It is like a Frankenstein, which is out of control, because you allowed the chief executive officer to get away with it," he said.
Arendse called for Majola to be suspended or put on special leave pending a disciplinary enquiry.
Majola paid out huge bonuses for IPL II to himself and other CSA staff without the sanction of the board.
An external inquiry by auditors KPMG last year also found Majola to be in breach of the Companies Act, something he admitted to the inquiry during his testimony last month.
The inquiry was instituted by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula after a huge outcry that not enough was being done at CSA to address the issue, which had been dragging on for nearly two years after IPL II was played in South Africa due to security concerns in India because of elections at the time.
Arendse also came to the defence of former cricket supremo Ali Bacher, who on Monday told the inquiry that allegations by Majola that he had pocketed a R5 million bonus for the 2003 Cricket World Cup were not correct. The payment was a top-up to his meagre pension, according to Bacher.
Arendse confirmed this during his testimony on Wednesday: "We've always known about the five million. We knew that it was some kind of a severance package and it was to make up for a shortfall on Ali's pension."
Arendse was not the only CSA president to fall out with Majola. His successor Mtutuzeli Nyoka was twice ousted as president of CSA after Nyoka queried the IPL bonus issue and Majola showed his displeasure at this.
Nyoka was reinstated after high court action following his first ousting and immediately arranged the KPMG audit that found against Majola. But Nyoka was again ousted in absentia after that and has not challenged this.
After Arendse's damning evidence today, there are increasing calls in the cricket fraternity for his head, but Majola is maintaining his silence since his appearance before the inquiry.
Nicholson said they hoped to give the final report to the minister by the end of February.