South Africa cricket chief denies interfering in team selection

May 31st, 2008 - 10:20 pm ICT by admin  

Cape Town, May 31 (IANS) Cricket South Africa President (CSA) Norman Arendse has denied he had anything to do with the selection of the team during its tour of India. “I don’t know what was said to Andre Nel. I can’t comment on that. All I can say is that I did not interfere in the team selection. I never took him out and put in Charl Langeveldt. Whoever spread that story must take responsibility. It is absolute lies,” Arendse told the Cape Times.

Nel was replaced by Langeveldt as per the alleged quota policy. But Langeveldt later pulled out of the side, saying he was affected by the controversy.

According to the controversial policy, there has to be a selection of seven coloured players in the side but for the Indian tour only four slots were filled.

Arendse also said since Langeveldt has been a part of the original squad, there was no question of interference.

“The protocol is that the selection convener (Joubert Strydom) hand me a sheet with a squad of 14 or 15 names on it, if the target of seven players of colour is not met, he is supposed to give me an explanation,” Arendse said.

“If I’m not satisfied with the explanation, I then ask him to explain further or I send the team back. That never even happened in that particular case. When the team was presented to me, Langeveldt was in the team. He was always in the original team. The problem has been leaked to the media from the selectors themselves,” he added.

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