Business Day

Rum­blings in Co­bras camp

- TELFORD VICE Cape Town Paul Adams

THE Western Prov­ince Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (WPCA) have called a board meet­ing on Thurs­day to dis­cuss the griev­ance some of the Co­bras’ play­ers have lodged against coach Paul Adams.

On Wed­nes­day‚ Club Cricket SA’s web­site quoted the SA Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s head of player ser­vices and ad­vo­cacy‚ An­drew Breet­zke‚ as say­ing the “ma­jor­ity of con­tracted Co­bras play­ers” had com­plained to the fran­chise about Adams.

A board meet­ing had been called to dis­cuss the is­sue, WPCA pres­i­dent Beres­ford Wil­liams said.

Justin On­tong‚ the Co­bras one-day and T20 cap­tain last sea­son‚ said he was in the dark about the na­ture of the com­plaints.

“It bog­gles my mind — we’re try­ing to find that out‚” said On­tong‚ who is not among the dis­grun­tled play­ers. “My un­der­stand­ing is that some other play­ers have drawn up a pe­ti­tion against [Adams] de­tail­ing their un­hap­pi­ness.”

The 2015-16 sea­son marked the first time in eight sum­mers that the Co­bras have not won at least one tro­phy.

They reached the fi­nal of the one-day com­pe­ti­tion and fin­ished third in the T20s but won only three of their 10 first-class matches.

But that did not help On­tong make sense of the ag­grieved play­ers’ course of ac­tion.

“As a cap­tain I’m dis­ap­pointed‚” he said. “None of the play­ers came to me say­ing they were un­happy with the coach. We had a bad sea­son but it’s also about play­ers tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own per­for­mances — we all didn’t per­form very well.

“You can’t just pass the buck and say the coach was to blame.” TMG Dig­i­tal

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