De Villiers injured, out
5 October 2012
JOHANNESBURG/PORT OF SPAIN, 5 OCT: South Africa limited-over captain AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the Champions League Twenty20 championship with chronic back and ankle injuries and needs careful management ahead of the Test tour of Australia next month. South Africa manager Mohammed Moosajee says that the wicketkeeper-batsman had suffered a recurrence of both his lower back and left-ankle problems at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka and would have returned home if it was not a major tournament. Moosajee says De Villiers needs rest and rehabilitation for up to four weeks but should be fit for the three-Test series in Australia, which starts on 9 November. He says that the injuries are worse than they were, but "if we manage him properly he'll be fine... if we don't manage him it'll be a problem."
A showdown between the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association appears to have been averted, making sure that 15 players selected for the Champions League would turn out.
It is alleged that some players currently in Sri Lanka representing the West Indies at the World Cup asked the WIPA to demand more money on their behalf for the trip. The players are Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, skipper Denesh Ramdin and leg-spinner Samuel Badree.
The players demanded that the T&TCB give them a share of the transfer fee they got for Indian Premier League players Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard. The TTCB got $150,000 for each of the three players.
The board refused the players demand and they were replaced. But chairman of the selection panel Dudnath Ramkessoon said that the situation was now under control and the five players in Sri Lanka would be joining the squad in South Africa.
"The players have agreed to go to South Africa if negotiations between the board and the WIPA continue," said Ramkessoon. agencies