South Africa news December 3, 2010

Gibbs' national contract terminated


Cricket South Africa (CSA) have cancelled Herschelle Gibbs' national contract "by mutual agreement", the association announced on Friday. Gibbs was one of 23 players contracted to CSA for one-year ending in April 2011.

"He violated his contract on various grounds," a source with knowledge of the decision told ESPNcricinfo. "Most employment contracts have a clause that the employee may not criticise the employer and there are many occasions where he did that."

However, Gibbs' lawyer, Peter Whelan, suggested that the decision was not by mutual consent, saying he was still waiting "for CSA's lawyer to call me back so we can have a discussion".

Gibbs released a tell-all autobiography, To the Point, on November 1, which sold out its first print run of 15,000 copies in five days. His book disclosed details of sexual debauchery, particularly on the tour to Australia in 1997-98, allegations that the team was run by a clique of senior players that included Graeme Smith, Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers and that former national coach Mickey Arthur was controlled by this inner circle.

CSA asked their legal counsel to look into the allegations made in the book shortly after its release. They refused to comment at the time whether they thought Gibbs had breached his contract. Smith expressed his disappointment at Gibbs claims and Darryl Cullinan hit out at the assertion that he had blown the whistle on a group of team members who had smoked marijuana on the 2001 tour of the Caribbean. Gerald Majola, the CSA chief executive said that he had not read the book before the association asked for legal advice.

CSA would not be drawn on whether the content of Gibbs book has led to the cancellation of his contract. "Because of the sensitivity of the matter as well as the confidentiality agreements signed between the parties, the matter is now closed and there will be no further comments from the parties concerned," Majola said in a statement.

"It's actually a blessing in disguise for him [Gibbs] because he wants to go and play in the Australian Big Bash and the New Zealand Twenty-Over competition and he can make a lot of money there," the source said. "He will lose about R300,000 (US$ 42,857) from the cancellation of his contract but he willl make up twice that playing in leagues around the world."

Gibbs recently quit first-class cricket but plays in the limited-overs forms of the game He had expressed the desire to play in next year's World Cup, although he said that he didn't realistically see himself being selected.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Amol on December 8, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    I too believe, the biggest loss to SA cricket was due to the unfortunate sacking of Lance 'Zulu' Klusener, the Man of the Tournament of WC1999. There has yet no replacement for him till today. @diri - I agree, Gibbs is more fluent than Tendulkar, but just like u said: Gibbs had the mind/concentration of a 5-year old hyperactive child, whereas Tendulkar has the concentration/dedication of a saint and that is the reason why Sachin is still playing.

  • diren on December 6, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    This man had more natural talent than Sachin Tendulkar and Brain Lara put together....he was a wonderful entertainer. People will say he has not lived up to potentional and they are right....he should have become the worlds best batsmen and held every record possible...but he had the mind of a 5 year old and he would not listen to anybody and that was his downfall......Nevermind to cricket lovers the stats dont matter and we will always remember Herch and the electrifing shots that he hit with such ease and power....You are are legend. well done Herch the world will miss you

  • Ahnaf on December 5, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    I don't think he will come back again...It's true that his book lead to his own downfall..Otherwise he could have atleast been in the t20 squad..such a natural talent..@kimian-dropping klusener was one of the worst decisions CSA have ever made...and just look at his replacements now...Kemp,van der wath...nowhere near international cricket...A.morkel ryan mclaren not consistent enough...I don't think same will happen with gibbs because there're rich batting talents for SA...but kluseners exclusion cost dearly.

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    One of the classic players of the world....SA will def need his services in 2011 WC..

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Now that you have been fired Mr Gibbs, why don't you write the second book. I am sure you have more info that will rock the Saints. To me you had the talent to be the world's best batsman, if only you had had a mentor.No-one will repeat your 438 game. And by the way, the Bokke are looking for a bit of flair in the back line. Its a pity you have to leave the shores of SA, but you are going to be a better man for it. We are watching you.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Wise choice Hersch right move, waste of time hanging around try to get into the SA ODI squad.

    Hoping to see you play T20 around the world from here on for many more years!

  • Parthiban on December 4, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    there is always politics in they did to Gibbs what they had done already done to Klusener........they dont want talented players,they want puppets.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    Gibbs was great, not just with his explosive batting but also his electrifying fielding.

  • TIMOTHY on December 3, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    ive always been a gibbs fan for the past 10 years..... really feel srry for gibbsy ...i still feel gibbs has so much talent that he hasnt utilised it to the nest of his abilities......

    gibbs ,its 100% sure u hav lost ur central contract,just due to autobiography...hersch,b the way u r....ill always remember him for his 275 against aus in the greatest odi match ever played..... international cricket has lost another gem!!!!!! I would have loved to see him in full-flow again in the WC2011 blasting opponent bowlers without even lifting the bat much. If there was any SA player who deserved a World Cup he was the one....

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    You will be missed my bra, I have followed your cricket life very closely so this is a sad day but will look out for you in the ipl and other tourneys. MUCH RESPECT.

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