School in court for demoting cricketer

2013-05-29 13:32

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Johannesburg - A man has taken St Charles College to court to stop them dropping his 17-year-old son as captain and as a member of the Pietermaritzburg school's cricket first team, The Star reported on Wednesday.

The father could not be named to protect his son's identity.

According to court papers, his son was named captain at the end of last year's third school term.

During the holidays the coach Dave Karlsen asked the son to allow another player to be captain, but the son refused.

On the second day of school Karlsen told the son that a panel had decided to drop him from the team, The Star reported.

The son's mother approached the school principal Allen van Blerk about the matter.

"At the meeting the principal advised my wife to sweep it under the carpet," the papers said, according to The Star.

Van Blerk said he would not take action against the coach.

He told them the son should consider playing for the second team.

The father said it would crush his son's cricket career because members of the KZN Inland Cricket team were selected from the first team.

If he was not in the first team he would be excluded from the inland team.

Being in the inland team increased the chances of being selected for the national under-19 team.

The case came before the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. It was adjourned and was being handled outside of court.

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