Rowley on standby for Ackerman

2008-10-28 00:00

GRANT Rowley is on stand-by for HD Ackerman as the KZN Dolphins prepare for their Kingsmead SuperSport Series match against the Eastern Cape Warriors from tomorrow.

Ackerman was banned for two matches following an altercation with the Cobras’ Vernon Philander on the first day of the SS Series match in Paarl earlier this month. Philander received the same sanction.

The Dolphins middle-order batsman has the right to appeal and, if so, would be available for the Warriors match, but little light could be shed on the matter when The Witness spoke to convenor of selectors Jay Naidoo yesterday.

“We had a meeting with HD this morning and discussed with him whether an appeal against the two-match ban would be feasible,” said Naidoo.

“HD said he was first going to consult with SA Cricketers’ Association chief executive Tony Irish before making a decision. We are still waiting for HD to get back to us,” said Naidoo.

Ixopo-born Grant Rowley, the hard-hitting top-order batsman, is waiting in the wings should Ackerman decide not to challenge the decision made by Cricket South Africa disciplinary commissioner Michael Kuper SC in Johannesburg on Monday.

A section of the Durban media, quoting Naidoo, published yesterday that Ackerman was appealing the CSA ruling and would therefore be available for the Warriors match.

However, Dolphins convenor of selectors Naidoo said late Tuesday afternoon that the information he had given The Witness was correct and he had in fact not even spoken to the Durban newspaper’s journalist that day.

Dolphins: Imraan Khan (vice-capt), Rivash Gobind, David Miller, Ahmed Amla (capt), HD Ackerman, Jon Kent, Pierre de Bruyn, Daryn Smit, Johann Louw, Quinton Friend, Ugasen Govender, Yusuf Abdullah, Saidi Mlongo. Grant Rowley on stand-by.

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