CSA denies Smith quit threat

Graeme Smith (Gallo Images)
Graeme Smith (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - South Africa's cricket board made the unusual move on Saturday of denying social media comments that captain Graeme Smith threatened to quit if black wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile was picked for the Test series against India.

Cricket South Africa said it "would like to quash rumors and comments floating around" that Smith had given selectors an ultimatum before the first test. CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat added "there is no truth at all to these malicious and damaging comments."

Tsolekile, who was not chosen to play in the first test, has become relevant to South Africa's struggle to include more black players in national teams after he was overlooked on the tour to England last year when Mark Boucher was injured despite being the backup wicketkeeper.

A report on transformation in South African sport is due next month, with cricket and rugby both admitting there aren't enough black players at the top level.

loading... Live
England 219
Pakistan 326 & 137/8 (44 ov)
loading... Live
England 219
Pakistan 326 & 137/8 (44 ov)
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
44% - 5715 votes
Cricket
11% - 1412 votes
Football
19% - 2397 votes
Athletics
2% - 293 votes
Boxing
1% - 113 votes
Cycling
2% - 289 votes
Golf
5% - 631 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1014 votes
Tennis
3% - 403 votes
Water sports
1% - 111 votes
American sports
1% - 124 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 365 votes
Vote