KZN cricket union denies rift with Amla

2013-03-29 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Cricket Union CEO Jesse Chelin has inisted that there is no animosity between the union and Hashim Amla, thereby quelling rumours the iconic player is considering leaving the franchise.

Speculation was rife earlier this week with alleged reports that Amla was unhappy with certain elements at the union which, if not addressed, would see him leave the Dolphins.

“A published article contained elements and insinuations that were factually incorrect and misleading.

“As a result, the good name and high esteem of Amla and the KZNCU has been compromised and we take exception to that,” Chelin said.

He said Amla was and would continue to be a Protea, Dolphins and KwaZulu-Natal icon in cricket circles.

“He is a true professional on the field around the world and an ambassador of cricket on and off the field.

“As a union and province, we value his contribution to the game and are proud to have him as one of our own.”

Chellin confirmed what he had said to The Witness on Wednesday regarding Amla being a Cricket South Africa (CSA) contracted player.

“All CSA contracted players have a right to determine the franchise they wish to represent and play for. We as a franchise, have no say in the matter and it is entirely the player’s choice.

“I wish to state categorically that at no stage has Hashim approached KZNCU regarding additional payment to ensure he remains with the Dolphins.

“Such a move would, in any instance, be contrary to CSA and the South African Cricketers’ Association’s guidelines in this regard.

“The reported allegation of Hashim being unhappy because the KZNCU is not paying him enough is utterly false,” he said.

It was also reported that Amla was unhappy with not being selected to play for the Dolphins when he was not involved with duty for the Proteas.

Again, Chelin refuted such allegations, saying: “We approached Hashim to play for the Dolphins between the Tests and one dayers against Pakistan but he was unavailable. This information was channelled through Hashim’s agent, Ismail Kajee.”

As far as Dolphins contracts were concerned, Chelin reaffirmed that KZNCU was in negotiations with all players whose contracts ended on April 30 this year.

This was another matter which was reported as an issue for Amla.

It was alleged Hashim was unhappy his brother Ahmed, a contracted Dolphins player, was being treated harshly by not being given a single outing for the senior Dolphins side this season in any format of the game.

He (Ahmed) played in the provincial squad this summer.

Kajee said: “As an agent, my job is to negotiate deals for the players I represent. Speculation rears its head and I cannot control that.

“I am disgusted at the scenario that the Dolphins are not supporting Hashim.

“On the contrary, we are grateful for the support received from the franchise and its sponsors.”

Kajee said he was in private discussions with Graham Abrahams, chairperson of KZNCU and Chelin, indicating this was confidential.

Chelin said he was disappointed such a matter had come to light and wanted to set the record straight.

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