Response to letter: The truth can be uncomfortable

2009-10-21 00:00

IN Tuesday’s letter to the sports editor (”Be sensitive to young cricketers”), Karl Liebenberg criticises a number of points in my reports covering the KZN Inland/Free State U19 match.

I endeavoured to tell the truth (unfortunately it is not always comfortable), as any reporter is obliged to do.

I endeavoured to make sure as many readers as possible (unfortunately not all buy the paper every day) know that Inland did not field their strongest side. It was a mismatch — rain prevented almost certain Inland defeat by an innings, yet it does not reflect the strength of the province at U19 level.

As to hurting feelings, I praised the Inland players as being “fighters to the last man”.

Precious little praise comes higher than that.

Liebenberg is clearly not a scholarship provider, nor aware that these fixtures were made public some time ago, enough time for KZNICU to request a switch in dates. It is “their” fixture.

I am sure the relevant schools could educate him on his other sweeping statements.

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