Tour goes on despite flag crisis — CSA

2014-07-16 00:00

CRICKET South Africa communications manager Altaaf Kazi has given reassurance that the current Proteas tour of Sri Lanka will continue.

This is in light of Sascoc demanding the team remove the South African flag from the national emblem, ensuring that only the Protea is on display as the side’s official emblem.

“It would be radical if the tour was cancelled now and we don’t see that happening,” said Kazi. “We are following proper communication procedures with Sascoc and are dealing with the matter internally.

“We are happy where we are and discussions continue, with the matter being resolved in due course, once the Proteas return home.”

Kazi added the kit was printed long before the issue arose and to “change it now, well into the tour, would be counter-productive and costly”.

But Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy, speaking to The Witness from Glasgow yesterday, took a far different view and said that the Proteas management had “no excuse” for taking to the field this morning with the combined emblem still intact.

“The Proteas sent a letter to me before the Sri Lankan tour agreeing that they would make the necessary adjustments to the emblem,” said Reddy. “They are way out of order.”

According to Reddy, this is an issue that dates back to 2011 and he said that the recently concluded ODI series in Sri Lanka was another example of the Proteas being defiant.

With threats to kick the Proteas out of Sascoc’s federation having been made, meaning that they would not be allowed to compete on the international stage, Reddy said that he was not in a position to say what the punishment and immediate action would be if the Proteas take to the field this morning with the combined emblem on their shirts.

“I have absolutely no idea,” he said. “That would be the decision of Mr [Gideon] Sam. But for them to say that they didn’t have time to change it is completely their problem. I have the letter in my possession and you can verify that with [CSA chief] Haroon Lorgat. This issue should have been resolved after the Australian tour [completed in SA in February].”

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