Western Province batsman Qaasim Adams will be allowed to play for United Cricket Club in the 2018-19 Western Province Cricket Association first division A while serving a provincial cricket suspension.
Adams has effectively been banned for three first-class and three List A fixtures, after reportedly drawing a gun on team-mate Givon Christian in early November 2018.
The incident happened after day two of Western Province’s CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup fixture against South Western Districts in Oudtshoorn on 9 November.
Christian reported the occurrence when he returned to Cape Town – and has ultimately decided not to press criminal charges.
“Qaasim has a family and, despite the incident, I don’t want to put him in a position that will negatively affect his family. If I did press charges, he would serve jail time. I’m happy to forgive him and move on,” Christian, who maintains Adams pointed the gun directly at him, told Club Cricket SA.
Adams will miss first-class and List A fixtures against KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and North West, but will be eligible for a provincial return against KwaZulu-Natal Inland in late February.
“Qaasim has been suspended for 12 playing days, which is effectively three first-class and three List A matches. He is allowed to play club cricket during the ban,” WPCA chief executive officer Nabeal Dien told Club Cricket SA.
He has been named in United Cricket Club’s XI for Saturday, 12 January’s fixture against Kraaifontein Cricket Club.
Adams, through legal representation, declined to comment.