Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

CSA apologises to CA

CSA apologises to CA

Following the dressing room boilover between Australian vice-captain David Warner and South African batsman Quinton de Kock in the first Test, images have now been revealed by Fairfax which appear to show two senior Cricket South Africa employees at the second Test posing with fans wearing masks depicting rugby star, Sonny Bill Williams.

The reason behind this mask being the controversial one is Warner's wife Candice was once associated with Williams in a well-publicised incident in Sydney in 2007.

Candice Warner's encounter with Williams was widely reported in the Australian media, which coined the phrase "toilet tryst" to refer to it.

While sports fans often engage in questionable behavior at stadiums, officials Eksteen, a former South Africa player, and Kazi are accused of condoning the taunting of Warner and his wife by South African supporters.

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CSA President Chris Nenzani also weighed in on the matter: "On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families".

The controversy forced Cricket South Africa to issue an official apology to Cricket Austraila and the Australian team, who were angered by the image showing CSA's commercial manager Clive Eksteen and its head of communications Altaaf Kazi grinning with three supporters, who donned the masks.

Security at St George's Park were told not to allow any SBW masks into the ground, but CA officials allegedly overruled staff at the gates.

The photographs, taken on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test, have since gone viral on social media.

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There have been repercussions for Nathan Lyon and Kagiso Rabada, a foul-mouthed dispute between De Kock and and Warner, ball tampering allegations, and now this.

"Initially, security wouldn't let them in", Kazi said.

The spectators who brought the masks in were distributing song sheets.

If they both do not go, then it is surely a sign that cricket is losing its class. "They said "let's take a photo with you guys", he said.

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"They wanted to come with them". Cricket Australia chairman David Peever is due to arrive in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

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