Former South African medium-pacer Alan Dawson has resigned from his post as the Cape Cobras' selection convener with immediate effect. Dawson said that the off-field situation at the Cobras had made his position untenable.
The situation he referred to was the increasing tension between players and management that originated after 14 contracted players filed a formal grievance against head coach Paul Adams, and then persisted with their call that he be removed after a board decision was made to keep him on.
"I feel like no matter what team I select, it's not going to make a difference. I don't feel like I can make a contribution," Dawson told Independent Media. "I used the saying yesterday to Nabeal Dien [the Cobras' chief executive] that I feel like an Elastoplaster on a boil, and that no matter what the plaster does, it still won't cure the boil. It has to be cured from the inside. The time has come to make proper cricket calls. I can't work in that environment.
"I've been involved for about two to three months and I've tried to find solutions and to ascertain where the real problem lies. I sought counsel from all over, current players, ex-players, administrators, selectors. Before I started I was told there were a few little issues between the players and the coach, but that was a lie."
After four games apiece this season in the Sunfoil Series, the Cobras currently sit at the bottom of the points table, the only team yet to record a win with three losses and a draw. Adding to their troubles, their captain, Omphile Ramela, has been suspended for their next match for breaching CSA's code of conduct during their loss to the Knights.
Dawson also stated his support for Adams. "The worst thing about all of this is, is that they are doing Paul an injustice. Paul is my mate, and it's tough for me to see him go through this thing."