Western Province Cricket Association chief executive officer Nabeal Dien and cricket services manager Clinton du Preez have formally explained the reason behind batsman Qaasim Adams’ 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, but did not submit a written complaint, according to Dien.
“We have high regard for the spirit, standard and codes of excellence of cricket and this has been transgressed by Adams. We therefore decided to invoke a 12-day suspension as his actions were contrary to the spirit of the game,” IOL quoted Dien, who insisted no tangible evidence existed, as saying.
Du Preez added: “Players should respect the laws, regulations and standards and should carry themselves with dignity in their interpersonal relationship and team culture.
“In this case, Qaasim’s conduct was contrary to the spirit of the game and the disciplinary action taken was necessary.”
Christian 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. He will be allowed to play for United Cricket Club in the 2018-19 WPCA first division A while serving the provincial cricket suspension.
“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,” added Dien.
Adams, through legal representation, declined to comment.