Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has hit out at the Australia media - and Channel 9 News in particular - for their handling of the Faf du Plessis 'Mintgate' saga.
WATCH: Australian reporter shoved by SA security official
Matters escalated on Monday when a security official travelling with the South African team shoved an
Australian reporter on at least two occasions as he
attempted to interview Du Plessis at Adelaide airport.
Du Plessis is due to face an International Cricket Council (ICC) disciplinary
hearing on ball tampering charges arising from the second Test against
Australia in Hobart last week.
Du Plessis allegedly had a sweet, or mint, in his mouth and
rubbed saliva into the ball to get more swing during the Hobart match
and is facing a one-match ban.
A hearing will be held by Andy
Pycroft of the ICC match referees panel. The results will be announced
in due course, the ICC confirmed.
The Proteas are chasing a first-ever series whitewash in Australia when they go into Thursday's pink ball Test in Adelaide.
On Monday CSA released the following statement regarding the airport-shoving incident:
The Australian media and Channel 9 News in particular have been advised
on numerous occasions over the past few days that Cricket South Africa and
captain, Faf du Plessis, are not in a position to comment on the alleged ball
However, despite our best to intentions to co-operate with the
Australian media, Channel 9 News’ behaviour has been disappointing. We have
advised of our media protocol which has been blatantly ignored, both at the
team’s hotel in Melbourne on Friday and Saturday and again at the airport in
This is the third incident of a reporter aggressively harassing our
players with blatant disrespect of the above-mentioned media protocol.
The ‘reporter’ at the airport disrespected us and continued to harass
Faf for comment. The ‘reporter’ was also in the unusual position of being in
the middle of the players’ walkway to the bus. He was advised to move three
times, and did not adhere to this request. The ‘reporter’, who also had no
official accreditation, then proceeded to lunge towards Faf with an unknown
object causing a direct breach of security protocol. The reporter also shoved
the team manager in the back.Throughout the tour
we have respected all our media obligations and treated media with the utmost
respect. At the same time, we would like to see this respect reciprocated and
will not accept such behaviour as displayed by the Channel 9 News reporter.