‘Philander’s selection was not political’

2015-04-20 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cricket South Africa has finally responded to claims of political interference in the selection of Vernon Philander in the Cricket World Cup semi-final last month.

The CSA board issued a statement after CSA president Chris Nenzani commissioned certain board directors to conduct a factual examination of the team selection process for the match against New Zealand.

The review comes after Mike Horn, the motivational speaker who helped the Proteas at the World Cup, said on Thursday that there was political interference. Horn, on Saturday, then clarified his comments made to the media, saying that they were taken completely out of context.

The review took place on Friday when the panel met with CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat, coach Russell Domingo and the Convenor of Selectors Andrew Hudson to establish the facts.

Below are the factual findings arising out of the examination:

• The team selection process and announcement followed the usual and well-established practice and procedures of the selection panel. These procedures include consulting with the chief executive on matters of transformation;

• Having successfully undergone a fitness test, Philander was declared fit and available for selection. Direct inquiry with him by the coach confirmed his readiness to play;

• Hudson, Domingo and Lorgat confirmed they had received, individually or collectively, no instructions or no interference from anyone, specifically not from the Minister of Sport or from members of the CSA Board;

• Hudson and Domingo confirmed, on behalf of the selection panel, that they are all aware and follow the protocols and guidelines established for the selectors as reconfirmed by the Board in 2013. These protocols include transformation guidelines which require the panel to consider, on merit, the selection of at least four players of colour in the starting XI;

• The convenor and coach had ­consulted Lorgat who had impressed upon them the need to properly consider the best XI bearing in mind the transformation guidelines;

• Hudson and Domingo confirmed the usual rigorous selection debates had taken place and that they had signed off the final XI with their full support and confidence;

• The convenor, coach and selectors had confirmed their satisfaction in the final XI with specific reference to the fact that Philander was a regular and first choice player, particularly in New Zealand conditions;

• Hudson and Domingo explained their understanding of the guidelines and confirmed that there were many occasions when more than four players of colour were selected. On the rare occasion that three players were selected, this was due to exceptional circumstances such as injury. In all cases the determining criteria was merit selection; and

• Domingo confirmed that he never received a SMS from Lorgat as alleged and Lorgat in turn confirmed that he had never sent a SMS.

“Based on the above, and also noting Mike Horn’s clarifications contained in his letter of apology, it is clear that the allegations made in various media are unfounded and mischievous …” commented Nenzani.

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