Dad sues ‘racist’ cricket coach for R2.1m

2013-06-18 11:40

The father of a KwaZulu-Natal high school pupil, dropped from his school’s cricket team, is suing the coach.

The Times reported a Pietermaritzburg lawyer had papers served on the first XI team coach at St Charles College, Dave Karlsen, for R2.1 million.

The lawyer claimed Karlsen deliberately hampered his son’s progress as a cricketer by not allowing him to captain any teams since he was under 15 and that he was being prejudiced because he was Indian.

Karlsen had to pay by August 2, or challenge the lawsuit.

He was not available for comment.

The father could not be named to protect his son’s identity.

The lawyer alleged that his son being axed from the captaincy of the first team had resulted in his son “suffering damages to his person, his dignity, and his reputation”.

Last month the lawyer took the school to the Pietermaritzburg High Court to have his son reinstated as captain after the pupil alleged that he was not being selected because of his race.

Karlsen had denied this.

In a previous report, the boy’s father said not selecting him as captain would crush his future cricket career.

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