Written by: Dave Macleod
KZN Cricket calls for balance in cricket race conversation
Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union has expressed its dismay at
what it believes is an unbalanced and inflammatory report on the
incident involving Hollywoodbets Dolphins player Robbie Frylinck and Aya
Myoli, who was playing for the union at that time.
The News24 piece,
penned by Sibusiso Mjikeliso, focuses on a 2016 disciplinary incident
that occurred while the KZN Coastal team was playing Boland in a three
day game in Paarl, and was the subject of a formal hearing process
immediately after the incident.
“The incident was immediately addressed by then CEO Pete de Wet and was
resolved to the satisfaction of all the parties concerned,” said Faeez
Jaffer, who was president of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union at that
He stressed that the
current coverage of the incident was disappointing as it fails to
provide the full facts of the matter. “Let’s be clear, both parties were
at fault here,” said Jaffer.
process was very thorough and fair, and at the end of it, both players
shook hands and agreed to move on amicably.
“As president of the union and as someone who has been involved with
most of these players from junior age group level, I would never have
tolerated a climate of racial tension in the team.
“It is always a charged environment when professional cricketers are
playing. From the competition for places in the team to the stresses of
playing matches, especially away from home, differences can occur. What
is important is how it is handled.
“In this case it was critical to get to the bottom of it and ensure that
the right resolution was found, for the team and for both individuals.
In no way whatsoever was it swept under the carpet,” he added.
Frylinck said he was disappointed at the report, surprised at
inaccuracies presented and the omission of facts central to the
incident, but wanted to withhold any comment as he considers his
KwaZulu-Natal CEO Heinrich Strydom added that it remained a priority to
nurture a team environment where differences are celebrated and that
unity is allowed to thrive amongst players committed to serving the
team, franchise or union.
“The atmosphere is particularly charged at the moment with the debate
around Black Lives Matter. This is a very important debate, and it is
important that it is addressed frankly and honestly.
“It seems that this particular story has fallen short in terms of
presenting all the facts.
“The incident was addressed head-on, and in the end both players
conceded their wrongdoing, shook hands and walked away, to share the
change room for the remainder of the season.
“It saddens us particularly to have the story published on Mandela Day,
where the focus is on reconciliation and nation building,” he added.
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