Sutherland plays down Katich-Clarke duel

February 10th, 2009 - 8:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 10 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland played down the bust-up between Simon Katich and Michael Clarke after the Sydney Test.

Sutherland played down talks of adopting double standards as CA didn’t fine Katich and Clarke for a physical misdemeanour while Andrew Symonds was slapped with a $4,000 fine for calling Brendan McCullum ‘a lump of s..t’ in a radio interview.

“This was a private issue within the walls of a dressing room, it’s something that happens from time to time in sporting teams. From a Cricket Australia perspective, we didn’t think it was appropriate to take any action under the code of behaviour,” Sutherland was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

“In the happiest of families there are from time to time incidents or flare-ups. I haven’t spoken to the players but people within our organisation have spoken with them and I know they have moved on and continue to work through whatever issues they had,” he said.

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