South Africa name Prince, Kemp as vice-captain

Published: Monday, October 1, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Karachi: South Africa on Monday named Ashwell Prince as their vice captain for the Test summer and Justin Kemp as deputy for the one-day series in Pakistan.

"Prince will be the vice-captain for this tour and the rest of the season's Test matches until March-April," team spokesman Owen Smith told reporters.

"Kemp has been named vice-captain for the one-day series in Pakistan only."

The vice captaincy was previously held by senior batsman, Jacques Kallis, who resigned after being dropped for the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

Kallis's resignation caused uproar in South African cricket with wicketkeeper Mark Boucher facing a disciplinary hearing over remarks he made on the issue.

After the Pakistan tour, South Africa will play New Zealand, West Indies and tour India and Bangladesh.

SA players warned over rebel Indian league: Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) are headed for confrontation over the breakaway Indian Cricket League.

The chief executive of CSA, Gerald Majola, told Afrikaans-language newspaper Beeld at the weekend that South Africans who played in the planned 20-over competition, which has not been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, will be banned from the game in their country, reports Reuters from Durban.

''... once they have played even one game in the ICL tournament, it's over and they will never be allowed to play in South Africa again,'' the paper quoted Majola as saying.

''We view them as rebels. They have joined a breakaway organisation.'' Tony Irish, the chief executive of SACA, said the body was concerned over CSA's stance on the issue.

''We're not happy with a blanket ban on players, and I'll be taking that up with CSA,'' Irish said.

''We understand and support the need to honour contracts. If that means getting a release from your franchise then that is what is necessary.

''Often players need to be released from their contracts to go and play county cricket, for example.

''But how long is a blanket ban and what cricket does it apply to? There are a lot of problems with it.'' South African international players Andrew Hall, Nicky Boje, Johan van der Wath and Loots Bosman are among those signed up by the ICL, which is scheduled to launch its inaugural competition in India in November.



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