Smith should stay out of politics: SA Sports Min

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Published: Sunday, January 23, 2011, 11:05 [IST]
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Smith should stay out of politics:SA Min

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has apparently got his finger into a pie that shouldn't concern him. South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has admonished Smith for showing support to a Cricket South Africa official over a dispute related to CSA bonuses, saying the Proteas skipper should stay away from politics and just stick to cricket.

Mbalula was reacting to a statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday night in which Smith gave his full support to CSA chief executive Gerald Majola after CSA President Mtutuzeli Nyoka publicly accused Majola of having lied to him over IPL bonuses paid to CSA staff last year.

"Graeme Smith is a great captain. We get disturbed when players get to be drawn into internal wrangling and squabbles within the top management and the board," Mbalula said on the radio station 702.

Earlier Smith had backed the CSA chief saying, "Majola has always backed the team to the hilt in every possible way.This has applied to every aspect of the game whether it be human resources, facilities or anything else. The players have great faith in him and he must take his share of the credit for the successes we have enjoyed over the last period of time."

The presidents of eleven provincial cricket unions have unanimously called on Nyoka to step down after passing a motion of no confidence in him following a breakdown in his relationship with Majola.

An inquiry revealed that Majola had paid back his own bonus. But question are being raised as to why Smith would speak out when Majola himself has remained mum on the issue, despite being hounded by the media.


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