Mornantau in troubled waters over Worcester tie-up

Published: Monday, January 6, 2003, 1:18 [IST]
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Cape Town: South African fast bowler Mornantau Hayward will be summoned to a disciplinary hearing after signing a two-year contract with English county Worcestershire which will make him unavailable for South Africa's tour of England this year. United Cricket Board chief executive Gerald Majola said 25-year-old Hayward was in breach of his UCB contract in finalising a deal without consulting the Board. He would be called to a disciplinary meeting as soon as possible. Hayward said he signed the contract in September. "I didn't know where I was standing with the UCB," he said. "I didn't know whether I was still in the picture for the Test team." The first year of the contract has a "no-escape" clause which means the player cannot be released for international matches. South Africa play five Tests in England from July to September. Hayward played in four of South Africa's six Tests this season and took five for 56, his first five-wicket haul, in the first Test against Pakistan in Durban. Hayward said he had not informed the UCB about his English contract, "because they might not have picked me for the Tests." His one-year contract with the UCB ends in April.

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