Thatscricket - News - Cash offer to ~~~~pin~~~~ Donald was made in jest - Jennings

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Ray Jennings, coach of South African provincial side Easterns, said a cash offer to his fast bowlers to "pin" Allan Donald had been made in jest.South Africa pace bowler Donald retired hurt after being struck on the head by an Andre Nel bouncer while batting for Free State in a match against Easterns in Benoni earlier this month.Donald claimed he heard the Easterns players discussing how they were going to divide the R1000 ($145) they had been offered by Jennings to hit him.The United Cricket Board (UCB) investigated the incident after Free State lodged a complaint and Jennings was summoned to appear before a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday on a charge of bringing the game into disrepute. However, the UCB said in a statement on Tuesday the hearing had been cancelled following Jennings' admission and the subsequent withdrawal of the complaint by Free State."It was never my intention, nor will it ever be my intention to incentivise for reward a player to cause physical injury to another player," the statement quoted Jennings as saying."Banter in the dressingroom, just like sledging on the field, has always been part of the game and will continue to be."I am prepared to concede that the question of a monetary reward was offered by me to the players in jest and was perhaps taken seriously by certain of the younger players.MISINTERPRETATION"I regret any such misinterpretation which, I have said, was not my intention.""On release of this statement, Free State coach Andy Moles has withdrawn a complaint that...Jennings offered bowlers money to hit Donald," the statement said.Donald said he was pleased the issue had been resolved."No matter how big or small this issue was it could have been settled on the day it happened but I accept what Jennings has now said and I'm glad it's been resolved," Donald was quoted as saying in the statement."Having received Moles' letter withdrawing the complaint, the UCB has cancelled the disciplinary hearing against Jennings which was scheduled for Wednesday," the statement said.Both Donald and Nel have been named in the South African squad to tour West Indies next month.(c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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