Cricket South Africa’s determination to take away David Teeger as their Underneath-19 captain citing safety considerations has sparked accusations of antisemitism within the nation.
Teeger has been stood down as skipper at this month’s Underneath-19 World Cup in South Africa over fears he might be focused by protests associated to the struggle in Gaza. His place has been below the highlight since he was reported to have honoured the Israeli military when he received a Jewish Rising Star award final yr.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) had initially confirmed the 19-year-old would lead his nation on the upcoming event after commissioning a barrister to look at the case, however has now reversed its place primarily based on safety recommendation.
Tensions over the Palestinian battle are operating excessive in South Africa, which has formally accused Israel of genocide on the United Nations Worldwide Court docket of Justice, and there are fears the World Cup might be disrupted.
“We’ve been suggested that protests associated to the struggle in Gaza might be anticipated on the venues for the event,” learn an announcement from CSA.
“We’ve additionally been suggested that they’re prone to deal with the place of the SA Underneath-19 captain, David Teeger, and that there’s a danger that they may lead to battle and even violence, together with between rival teams of protesters.
“CSA has a major obligation to safeguard the pursuits and security of all these concerned within the World Cup and should accordingly respect the professional recommendation of these answerable for the security of contributors and spectators. In all of the circumstances, CSA has determined that David ought to be relieved of the captaincy for the event. That is in the perfect pursuits of all of the gamers, the SA U19 group and David himself.”
However the determination brought on outrage from the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, whose nationwide chair Karen Milner issued an indignant response accusing discrimination.
“The choice by Cricket South Africa to alleviate David Teeger of his Underneath-19 captaincy of the World Cup group beginning subsequent week in South Africa is an outrageous act of antisemitism,” she stated.
“There is no such thing as a foundation for this determination, aside from the truth that Teeger is Jewish. This isn’t the primary time that Jews have been excluded from sporting our bodies in our historical past. The SAJBD will do every thing in its energy to struggle in opposition to this vicious prejudice.”
Sky Sports activities Information has contacted CSA for a response to Milner’s feedback.