South African board raps coach Jennings

Published: Friday, December 10, 2004, 0:20 [IST]
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Durban:South African cricket coach Ray Jennings has been warned by the country's cricket Board for openly speaking his mind about the selection of players.

The United Cricket Board has warned Jennings in a letter which said that he was in breach of his contract by making comments to the media. The Board especially referred to a Sunday newspaper report in which he spoke his mind about wanting former wicket-keeper Mark Boucher to return to the national team.

This statement, by implication, meant that new cap Thami Tsolekile should be dropped. Tsolekile was part of the team that toured India recently. Jennings is understood to have said in interviews that opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs should decide whether he wanted to play cricket or not.

"He should decide either to play or ship out," Jennings is reported to have said. UCB, by mistake, had sent to the media the warning letter that had been faxed to Jennings.

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