CSA officials face action over SBW masks

Lynette Rowe
March 12, 2018

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has distanced itself from the alleged action of certain officials in associating themselves with fans wearing masks representing the face of Sonny Bill Williams, which is related to the Warner-De Kock incident.

The Australians are understood to be upset that the masks, used as a taunt to specifically target David Warner and his wife Candice, were let into the venue before the photograph surfaced of the two senior executives posing with the fans.

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.

Eksteen is CSA's head of commercial and marketing, while Kazi is the body's head of communications.

Warner copped three demerit points and was fined 75% of his match fee for an altercation with Quinton de Kock in the first Test, while Nathan Lyon was fined 15% of his match fee for dropping the ball on AB de Villiers after running him out.

CSA's statement quoted president Chris Nenzani as saying‚ "On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia‚ its officials‚ team management‚ players and their families".

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Candice Warner is with her husband on tour in South Africa and was at the ground on Friday with their two young daughters, according to Australian media, when the masks were being worn in the crowd.

Eksteen is a former South African Test player.

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.

CSA president Chris Nenzani said the organisation sent "sincere apologies to the board of Cricket Australia, its officials, team management, plays and their families". Warner later called these comments 'vile and disgusting'. Warner then had to be restrained by teammates as he argued with de Kock on a staircase leading to the dressing rooms as players came off the field for a break.

David Warner is under fire again after South Africa reportedly complained about the way he was treating the ball on day two in Port Elizabeth.

A ban could see Rabada miss the rest of the series, but he will contest the charge.

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