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Cricket South Africa officials caught posing with fans in Sonny Bill masks

14 March, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • South Africa apologise to Australia on Sonny Bill Williams mask incident

"On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia, its officials, team management, players and their families", CSA President Chris Nenzani was quoted as sating by ESPNcricinfo. Following this latest test, South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada was banned for the rest of the series for a couple of acts during the Test including his physical confrontation with Australian captain Steve Smith on day one of the match.

It was earlier reported that fans planning to attend the second test in Port Elizabeth were preparing by making Sonny Bill Williams masks to taunt Warner.

The photograph, taken on the first day of the second test in Port Elizabeth on Friday, shows Cricket South Africa's commercial and marketing head, Clive Eksteen, and communications head Altaaf Kazi standing and smiling with three men wearing masks with the face of New Zealand rugby global Sonny Bill Williams.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian team were "outraged" by a decision to allow the masks to be brought into the ground.

David previously said he endures relentless attacks about his wife from spectators, but admitted his reaction to de Kock was "probably out of line".

Cricket South Africa officials caught posing with fans in Sonny Bill masks
Cricket South Africa officials caught posing with fans in Sonny Bill masks

"CSA has taken immediate precautionary steps against the CSA officials allegedly involved in this incident and will follow the organisation's normal internal processes in this regard".

Umpires have repeatedly pulled up both Australia and the Proteas about their sloppy bounce returns, while Warner was fined in 2014 after accusing AB de Villiers of using his keeping glove to wipe the rough side of the ball.

Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi have been ordered to CSA headquarters in Johannesburg for a meeting, and the chances are high that they could lose their jobs.

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", Kazi told SMH.

Meanwhile, CSA had reiterated that freedom of expression will be respected, within the limits of their own guidelines for spectator behaviour, which does not tolerate any racism, sexism or derogatory comments.


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