CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) would like to quash rumours and comments floating around social media platforms suggesting that Castle Lager Proteas Captain, Graeme Smith, threatened to quit if Thami Tsolikile was selected for the present Sunfoil Test series against India.
These comments were made at the start of the first Test.
“There is no truth at all to these malicious and damaging comments,” explained CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“All selection procedures and protocols were followed in the selection of the squad and the playing XI and were signed off by myself and Transformation Manager, Max Jordaan.”
As per CSA’s selection policy, the captain is not involved in selection.”
The Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA), the Honourable Fikile Mbalula, commented: “Cricket, like all sporting codes in the country, is working towards a transformative agenda. We have already stated that in 2014 we will release the work of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Transformation. We will, therefore, not be side-tracked by malicious people during this time of an important match for the nation. To Graeme and the boys I say: focus your energies on winning this Test match.”
"The EPG work regarding this year's results can only be released in January, 2014. A pilot project is being done on the big five National Federations, namely Rugby, Cricket, Football, Netball and Athletics. SRSA has analysed the information and will provide the draft report to the EPG for further consideration in January,” concluded Minister Mbalula.