SA in West Indies

Proteas' kit sponsor sorry

2010-05-20 12:12
Proteas Shirt (Gallo)
Johnannesburg - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has apologised to the Proteas, International Pro20 team sponsor, Standard Bank, and the South African public for the poor state of the team’s kit during last night’s International Pro20 match against West Indies in Antigua.

In a letter to Proteas captain, Graeme Smith, CSA CEO Gerald Majola said: “Cricket South Africa (CSA) unreservedly apologises to the Proteas, Standard Bank and the South African public  for the poor quality of the Proteas team kit during last night’s match.

“CSA is in urgent discussions with our official kit supplier, Reebok, to rectify the situation.

“The Proteas is our premier brand and we will do everything to ensure we protect the team’s integrity and provide you with a professional environment in which to carry out your duties.”

In a letter to CSA, Reebok South Africa CEO, Bruce Joubert, said: “Reebok SA would like to apologise to the Proteas, CSA and its staff for the situation in yesterday’s game against the West Indies where the names and numbers of the players were peeling off the shirts.

“On investigation, our supplier has informed us only this morning that they used a new vinyl for the names and numbers without our prior knowledge and this turned out to be a vinyl that has not bonded to the fabric.”

The Proteas play West Indies in the second International Pro20 match tonight in Antigua, having won the first match last night by 13 runs. The match starts at 8pm and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 2.

Graham Smith walks back to the pavilion (Gallo Images)

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