May 21, 2010

South African cricket

South African outfit falls to pieces

Nitin Sundar


Guess the number on Graeme Smith's back © AFP
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The South African team faced an unusual problem during their win in the first Twenty20 against West Indies on Wednesday. The names and numbers of players began to peel off their jerseys during the game, prompting Cricket South Africa and kit supplier Reebok to issue an apology.

"The Proteas are our premier brand, and we will do everything to ensure we protect the team's integrity and provide you with a professional environment in which to carry out your duties," said CSA chief executive Gerald Majola in a letter to national captain Graeme Smith. Majola added that the CSA were in urgent discussions with Reebok to rectify the situation.

"On investigation, our supplier has informed us only [Thursday] morning they used a new vinyl for the names and numbers without our prior knowledge and this turned out to be a vinyl that has not bonded to the fabric," said Reebok South Africa chief executive Bruce Joubert in a letter to the cricket board.

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