Arthur dishes dirt on Ntini

2010-11-06 06:35

Johannesburg - The South African cricket team faces further controversy next week when former coach Mickey Arthur's autobiography is released, according to daily newspapers on Saturday.

Arthur reportedly blames former international fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, who retired from international cricket this week, of accusing him of racism while he was in charge of the South African team.

Also this week, the Proteas were rocked when batsman Herschelle Gibbs released his autobiography, entitle To the Point, which reveals sexual orgies involving other players and details his problems with alcohol and marijuana.

Arthur's book, Taking the Mickey, is set for release on Monday.

According to The Star, Arthur says he lost all respect for Ntini after the 33-year-old paceman complained to senior administrators, including Cricket South Africa president Mtutuzeli Nyoka and former president Ray Mali, after he was dropped from the national one-day team in the 2008/09 season.

"I lost a bit of respect for Makhaya, and I saw a side of him I never suspected existed," Arthur reportedly writes in his book.

"Everybody, especially senior players, is upset when they are dropped, but I was desperately disappointed when Makhaya started telling influential administrators that (SA captain) Graeme Smith and I didn't want black players in the team."

Nyoka apparently apologised to Ntini and guaranteed him a place in the national team for their next series against Australia.

"So that was it," Arthur writes. "Makhaya would be selected for the one-day squad for Australia, no matter what the coach or the selectors felt was appropriate."

Arthur also expresses disappointment in Gibbs, according to reports, after the veteran player "had attached himself to the hotel bar" the night before a Twenty20 match against Bangladesh in November 2008.

"He took way too much fuel on board, at indecent haste by all accounts, and became involved in a series of embarrassing altercations."

The following day Gibbs was ordered to book himself in to an alcohol rehabilitation programme and was dropped from the team.

"We were trying to save him from himself, and from his career," Arthur reportedly writes.

Gibbs returned to the squad for a one-day series against Australia, in Australia, two months later.


  • Walt - 2010-11-06 07:05

    Mickey's another has been trying to make a quick buck by digging up the dirt of the past. I'm an avid reader of sport, history and other topics, but all of these books/memoirs by Mickey, Herscelle, Joost etc will never be on my shopping list, I'm afraid. Give me a clean living John Smit any day!

  • Shorts - 2010-11-06 07:06

    Who really cares ?? This MIckey's book is a non-event. The sooner he disappears back into obscurity, the better.

  • TC - 2010-11-06 07:27

    Extremely disappointing to read this about Ntini.

  • William Shakespeare - 2010-11-06 07:29

    The market punishes mistakes.

  • greg - 2010-11-06 07:29

    jee wizz, THE RACE CARD AGAIN. Wheres yor creativity mmm?khaya.

  • EM - 2010-11-06 07:55

    My golly gosh, is the whole Protea team going to write a book now! Not interested in their antics or bollocks. Disappointed in Ntini though!

  • HH - 2010-11-06 07:57

    If it's true, I am disappointed. How ca we win major tournaments when senior players believe in entitlement rather than form. We are forced to celebrate mediocrity because people, I don't think it's Ntini only, it's visible across all spectrum, I mean people want to be part of national set up even if they agree that their performance is way below par. How pathetic.

  • Boet EC - 2010-11-06 08:04

    @shorts. I totally agree with you. Why spill the beans only now Micky? Could it be to try and sell your book?

  • Mark - 2010-11-06 08:06

    So sick and tired of all these autobiography's that are coming out. If they give up sport or coaching, who cares, go and and live a normal life. Problem is most of them have no career other than sport so its a way to make a buck and often a fool of themselves.

  • Nice One - 2010-11-06 08:13

    I think its good to know all the "between the lines". - makes for an interesting season, gives the team some character. They are also just people you know. " Imagine someone wrote a book about your life ...... bet it would have more then just Racism in it - Maybe Gibbs took it a bot too far, but you know what, at least the dude's got some BALLS !!

  • Andre - 2010-11-06 08:27

    Die probleem met kwotas is dat wanneer hulle in die spieel kyk is hulle moer teleurgesteld hulle is nie wit nie. Ntini het my respek ook verloor.

  • Joe Citizen - 2010-11-06 08:44

    It is so ironic, just yesterday Mr Ntini publicly stated on an interview on SAFM that South African sport was not about mediocrity. How could it not be if you insist to be part of a team just because you belong to the racial flavor of the day! Lies & deceit are very busy at the moment! It is good that these guys are spilling the beans, perhaps it will help a few to wake up & smell the coffee before they start worshiping these sportsman.

  • Theo - 2010-11-06 08:49

    Healthy stuff. Quota players= problems

  • SA citizen - 2010-11-06 08:50

    What a JOKE ! We making an a$$ of ourselves again in the cricketing world.Both Mtini n Pollock were not good enough at the twilight of their carreers. Its a hard decision but they were dropped and forced to retire. The same thing is going to happen to Boucher. A player needs to know when its time to can't be in a team if you not performing consistently, it has nothing to do with RACE!

  • Lewis - 2010-11-06 08:57

    Reality drives perception, maybe in reality you are a racist.

  • Bo - 2010-11-06 08:59

    I'd forgotten that Arthur, allegedly, coached the Proteas.

  • Mrs L - 2010-11-06 09:09

    These autobiographies are really becoming very boring indeed... maybe the publishers should look for more interesting stories to sell... something adventurous, you know, like really achieving something in life... like summit Everest without oxygen, or what Shackleton the explorer to the Antarctic did... now those were really things to write about, not a load of gossip!!!

  • blue - 2010-11-06 09:13

    Micky got payed milions when he left, what's he on about, all just gossip and coplaints... like an old lady with a wet panty.. bye bye Micky go and hide yourself some where....

  • Waugh - 2010-11-06 09:19

    It would be a good idea for all us working , to start writing autobiography , mention all our inside office politics of our companies, Ha Ha Ha. Cricket is no longer a gentlemens Game , its whole lot of crap!!! Im certainly losing interest in watching cricket with the players all back stabbing each other.

  • Krulkop - 2010-11-06 09:28

    It is good that all the nonsense behind the scenes made public. I am of the opinion there are more horrifying things that we are not aware of. How ironic on the field they may not even look at the umpire but off the field is it a different story. Rugby again is the total opposite of it. WE WANT TO KNOW IT ALL.

  • Barry - 2010-11-06 09:30

    Mark i agree with you totally only wish to add that i find it insulting to think that they think we don,t know these things are going on. You don.t need to be a rocket scientist to know that the whole Smith ,Arther regime was and is still a egotistical bunch of oekes who manipulate the system to their own benefit. No wonder we cant win a trophy.

  • Flewzie - 2010-11-06 09:30

    @ mark: you don't make much sense. How many careers do YOU have?

  • Os - 2010-11-06 09:35

    Nation building NOT all this political crap in sport and in our lives getting whites back does not mean going forward. when will all these dumb fools learn that only form and ability to do the job should get the job. this country i'm afraid are developing premodonars rather than professionals

  • phillip - 2010-11-06 09:48

    i love the headlines..."arthur lost respect for ntini" then u start reading and the real quote reads "i lost a bit of respect...." its really like saying i was a bit miffed at him, vs i blew my top...

  • G@Mark - 2010-11-06 09:58

    And do you have a career other than your career?

  • Lewis - 2010-11-06 10:00

    So NTINI is your sales ticket, how low can you go? You could have made reference to that incident without divulging confidential names and information. Was Makhaya approached before publishing such accusation and has his side of the story been included to allow the balance of opinions...

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  • pierre - 2010-11-06 10:12

    Sad to hear ntini made his dropping a political and racist issue.. dnt think he would do that..

  • Kriek - 2010-11-06 11:17

    It seems that the 'old' folk has a wish to commit suicide and by revealing how things was done in our national cricket team. I THINK THAT CRICKET SA SHOULD FIRE ALL THESE SONAMED CRICKET PLAYERS AND THE COACH WHO DRAG OUR NAME THROUGH THE MUD. We have plenty of new talent to create a decent team.

  • Ricky - 2010-11-06 11:32

    @ Walt. Hear, hear! Books on sport should be on sport. The gossip type books should be published in girlie magazines.

  • Gerrit - 2010-11-06 12:06

    Isn't it time to stop paying all our 'top sportsmen' the large amount of monies, to play the sport first and foremost for the love of the game, the team, the club, the province country? Most are millionaires and contracted in such a way that 'dit maak nie meer saak of ek my beste gee of nie" I get my money anyway. Does anyone know how much??

  • Smiler - 2010-11-06 12:33

    @Walt. Don't be too sure, he hasn't retired yet. He may have another book to follow the first, when he hangs his boots up, and that may be a shocker too!.

  • interesting - 2010-11-06 13:21

    Something doesn't make sense here. If the allegations are true then Ntini was accusing both Smith and Arthur, which was probably wrong of him. But Smith recently said a whole lot of complementary things about Ntini. This implies Ntini and Smith probably had a little discussion and resolved it. Tsotsobe, Parnell, Duminy, Bosman etc are in Smith's team. Water under the bridge, this is RSA, land where a person's actions are easily misconstrued as being racially motivated. Arthur on the other hand seems to insinuate Ntini's selection was a major reason for their not doing well in 2008/9. Did he convincingly discuss this with Ntini, explaining to him that even though he was brilliant in the past, he was getting hit to easily now???

  • warren - 2010-11-06 15:06

    Surprise! Surprise! The race card again. The public are really getting tired of this. Pick the best in rugby; soccer and cricket. The public will support the best regardless of colour. If we don't this race thing will never end.

  • naphy - 2010-11-06 15:40

    So that's it, that's his angle? That's the punch for selling his book, he's gonna target Ntini? This guy needs to go away!!!!!!

  • Gen30 - 2010-11-06 15:42

    Mickey Mouse is the loser here, Him and Biffy, Ntini, you are a true gentleman. And please watch next time the team plays a match, the "Senior White Players always sit by themselves. Losers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Neo - 2010-11-06 17:06

    Mickey Mouse is a rat. Thank God he is there no more. It's because of people like him that we cannot get away from quotas!

  • @ Mickey - 2010-11-06 17:11

    If this is true, then I have this feeling that Ntini might be speaking the truth, Graeme and Mickey has always been in cahoots... so... I hope Ntini spoke the truth, because I really don't like this guy and his cronies...!

  • reader - 2010-11-06 17:12

    Where there is smoke, there is fire. Who cares anyway?

  • Some stupid comments - 2010-11-06 17:47

    This is a joke, some of you just focus on ONE comment about Ntini and think the WHOLE book is about him? You guys need to get a reality check cause you are all saps. The media will take out snippets that WILL GRAB attention...and suck in saps like you to read their "story". Then the comments why is he doing this now...oh hell no, you can't be that stupid...the guy wants to make MONEY...yes players who play overseas...for MONEY...Gibbs is doing the same and I love the comments of his supporters...Gibbs is a confirmed Druggy and Alco but he says sorry and you all praise the boy..???...then he publishes this crap to make...wait for it...MONEY...and you believe his garbage???Gibbs has no moral fibre in him nor does he care for ANY of his team mates and this you can get from his attitude/comments towards Smith and the public as a whole...the guys is a TOSSER and his past history and present actions scream people must have a short memory??But guess what, Gibbs will make loads of cash and this is his aim, not to make friends so, goodluck to him as I am sure there are MANY here who have bought or will buy his "book"...LMAO...Oh and be SURE Smith will also write a 'book".....

  • Sabs - 2010-11-06 18:59

    I think Mickey Arthur is trying to be a Messiah here, ever since Readmission to international cricket, South African Cricket has been faced with racism. During Hansie's Captaincy there were lot of dropped catches whicgj would have resulted in wickets for some of the black players. I suspect that the likes of McCMillan, Cullinan and Kallis from the sleep cordon dropped those catches intentionally and I also suspect foul play in Mfuneko Ngam's injury because he was a threat in some of white fastbowlers like Alan Donald and others. During Mickey's time Boucher and Kallis were poisonous players or maybe it was being business partners or because they always fielded next to each other and i think they have given GRAEME SMITH a bad influence.

  • Blackpearl - 2010-11-06 22:51

    Ask Ashwell Prince why he was dropped from his vice captaincy.Kallis wanted it.That guys are like a group of egosentrical idiots.(Smith,Kallis, Boucher,mickey)

  • connieb - 2010-11-07 00:17

    When it did suit Mickey,him and Graeme and their clan,were too powerful and protected the poor-playing white players.However,to even out the (as people would like to put it-racecard)I lost all respect for the guy Makhaya Ntini when he allegedly rape a woman some moons ago!Only the rich supported legal machinery of especially Ali Bacher who publicly supported him ,got him off scotfree!Imagine my shock and horror when another imbecile,Gerald Majola,compared him to Madiba! Makhaya is not even worth Madiba`s old cricket shoes!Did he smoke something ,or what ? I`m telling you,where there is smoke there is fire !

  • Abigail - 2010-11-07 04:58

    There's no doubt that Ntini lost form in both the ODI arena and tests well ahead of his dropping, there was nothing sinister in it. He knew though, he could count on political support to keep his place. Arthur and Smith had always been supporters of him so it was crook of him to use them to win his place back. He was place for two tests too many which cost them the series against England. Smith bowled him in the last over for sentimental reasons when de W et would have been more likely to have taken a wicket. Funny that people would choose to believe someone like Gibbs who sold out his country for money and embarrassed them over Arthur who is SA's most successful cricket coach.

  • Kevin - 2010-11-07 07:08

    The match fixer has drug and alcohol problems. The day he was caught match fixing he should have been banned for life along with the other cheats. He was the rot of the core. White players dropping catches of black bolwers. WOW ok proof please cos thats sounds so cadre menatlity of paranoia. Our problem is not race but private school boy menatility of entitlment and their little clubs. This is not race as it is occurring now with our new elite.

  • Gen30 - 2010-11-07 07:47

    @Some stupid comments, You must be a bit retarded, Nobody can make a fortune from 1 book, it takes writers forever to be able to make enough money from writing books, to be come rich. You must be a saint for pointing all your fingers at Gibbs, As for Mickey Mouse, I am surprised that he could even write, and the same goes for Smith, both are not the sharpest pencils I have come across. Get rid of Smith, Boucher and Kallis, we are tired of hearing how they give guidence to junior players, when in fact, they are corrupting the whole squad. Your comments are very childish. Maybe you are not able to read a book??? unless its a Picture book. Get a life. Loser!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RONNIE "SHIBOBO" - 2010-11-07 07:54

    i wish politics can burn in hell for the rest of life im sick and tired of this race problems in sports stop it now it is simple you choose the best players in the country for national teams not who is more black than the other if 11 white players are the best soccer players the choose them if 15 black players are the best rugby players choose them but stop this bulls&%t of politics in sport and ntini im happy you stopped crying babies dont deserve to be in the national teams and for gibbs athur jake and whoever still writing a book stop being whining bit&*$s you dont want to hear your complaints

  • Caesar - 2010-11-07 08:35

    Something is rotten in the state of South African cricket: As the late great William Shakespeare would have commented had he been around.

  • soccer fan - 2010-11-07 08:40

    whats cricket?

  • laxmi Natha - 2010-11-07 08:58

    Why is Mickey trying to keep his conscious clear. There is definitely racism. Even at development level when selections are made there is bribery and coruption. I'm glad that Ntini did report it but the sad thing is that, how did the higher authority deal with it?