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Katich disciplinary hearing delayed

Daniel Brettig

November 18, 2011

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Simon Katich salutes his century as David Hussey applauds, New South Wales v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, day four, Sydney, October 28 2011
Simon Katich on the day of his comments about Michael Clarke © Getty Images
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Simon Katich's disciplinary hearing before Cricket Australia over his comments about Michael Clarke has been delayed until December, allowing further time for the air to cool and increasing the likelihood of a guilty plea.

The disciplinary hearing, originally slated for November 21, is now expected to be held on Monday, December 5. The delay has been caused by scheduling conflicts and Katich, his legal representation and management requiring more time to organise ahead an answer to the charge of "detrimental public comment".

Since Katich's comments on October 28, which re-opened the question of whether or not personal enmity between himself and Clarke had led to the opener's removal from the list of CA contracted players, time is believed to have cooled the anger that flowed from Katich's mouth at the SCG.

When asked by reporters whether John Inverarity's appointment as the new National Selector had enhanced his chances of an international recall, Katich had spoken pointedly.

"It's pleasing to hear but I think you don't have to be Einstein to figure out that it's not just the selectors that had a part in sending me on my way," Katich said following a Sheffield Shield century against Victoria. "I mean to be brutally honest obviously what happened in the dressing room here a few years ago didn't help my cause. And obviously the captain and coach are selectors.

"Just because he [Inverarity] is going to be chairman of selectors or whatever role it is I wouldn't have thought that'd make too much difference."

Queried on whether or not he could ever expect to play for Australia while Clarke was captain, Katich replied: "I wouldn't have thought so. That's probably why I'm in this position in the first place."

James Sutherland, the CA chief executive, was swift in his repudiation of Katich's words, and the batsman himself is thought to now want the matter to be concluded as quickly as possible, minimising the damage from a divisive episode.

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Posted by   on (November 19, 2011, 3:31 GMT)

Its a shame just kicking him out like the way CA did... He was a good player and still good enough to play in international. At least he should have been in contracted list. I think this comments just the way of putting out his disappointment rather anything else.. All the best man...

Posted by timmyc1983 on (November 19, 2011, 2:46 GMT)

I agree that Katich should stand up for himself. He has captained NSW for many years now and they have been reletively successful. In my opinion, Katich himself should have been promoted to captain after it was decided Ricky step down and Clarke made vice-captain under Katich. The problem of course is that Katich was deemed to old to ever become captain of Australia, even tho Clarke could have learned so much more from Katich than he ever did from Ponting. I agree with yavaid here below, Ponting was never the right person for upcoming captains to be learning from, maybe one of the greatest batsman of his time, but not the greatest captain by any stretch... Katich should still be in the test team scoring the much needed runs for Australia!

Posted by farkin on (November 19, 2011, 1:22 GMT)

the only damage i see from this is the over reaction by CA by being so thin skinned over some one saying what they believe to be true

Posted by PETERZYE on (November 18, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

Simon Katich is a classy player, and his impressive performances indicate his brilliance. However, if he at any time tried to undermine his captain and his coach then this is not good for the team. I have been in leadership positions and at times some of the teams that I was in charge of could not function because of certain members; even if they were integral to the respective teams. For the sake of THE TEAM, the leaders should be shown respect: afterall,they were selected because they are respected, and they have the qualities to bring cohesion and success to THE TEAM. So, if Katich is at fault then punish him. However, if Michael Clarke used his power as captain to cause a rift in the team then Katich should be playing and Clarke left out!

Posted by couchpundit on (November 18, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

Good Captains breed good team and good future captains...like Border,Taylor,Steve Waugh(who breeded captain materilas like Shane warne/Gilli)...what did CA do...they chose Ponting(although i believe ponting is most gifted/talented batsman)...Ponting was never player of his preceding captain's standard and i can only expect people like clarke getting to captaincy....while this captaincy could have gone to hussey(i am not naming other captain materilas as they were not regulars in Test/ODI team).

Result of Mr.Pup being captain on the very outset you loose one of the very talented openers. Siting Age is bull shit..Dravid is 38 can anybody match him in concentration till date in a cricket field? I would dare to put Katich in the same ilk, if you choose to loose him..its Cricket's loss over one guys personal vendetta.

Posted by Fifthman on (November 18, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

What would be the potential fallout if Katich entered a 'not guilty' plea? The guy is just telling it like it is. Could CA prematurely end his career in a worst case? That would be outrageous and could open the way for a restriction of trade lawsuit. I'd like to see Katich stand firm on this one, but not if it means the end of his playing career.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

Simon Katich is a star player who deserves to be in the Australian side. He averages just under 50 in tests and over 50 in first class cricket. Michael Clarke is robbing the game of a true great. I think Captains have way to much power in the game anyway, this should be up to the selectors.At the moment Australia is running out of quality batsmen and they leave a brilliant batsmen out, who by the way is in the best form of his life

Posted by Doogius on (November 18, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

"detrimental public comment', detrimental to what. Well, it was definitely public and a comment so that parts easy. Detrimental to what, Clarkes standing in the team, well not hardly. he's had a pretty golden run. To the selectors, well the Oz public couldn't think worse of them so I can't see how its detrimental to them andthe Oz is admin is even worse. Don't plead guilty, in light of the Argus review, I'm not sure anything you even thought could be 'detrimental'....

Posted by Mani_CricketFan on (November 18, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

Really captain should be a team player first, then a selector. Or let the team to be a part of the selection panel. No politics, no dictatorship of captains. I hate captains whose place get guaranteed.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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