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Kallis defends resignation

Durban: Jacques Kallis is standing by his decision to relinquish his position as vice-captain of the national team but at the same time says he remains totally committed to South African cricket.

This was announced by Cricket South Africa following a second meeting between Kallis and CSA chief executive Gerald Majola, in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Kallis resigned from his position a fortnight ago after he was dropped from the Twenty20 team even though he made it clear that he would consider his continued association with South African cricket.

His reaction triggered a controversy with Mark Boucher speaking out on his behalf and another player, Andrew Hall, announcing his resignation from the national team.

Captain Graeme Smith also said subsequently that it would be a problem not to have Kallis in the Twenty20 team.

“When Jacques accepted the vice-captaincy two years ago at the start of Mickey Arthur’s term as national coach it was always on the basis that he would see how he enjoyed the extra responsibility of the position and that he would review it after a suitable period,” said Majola in a statement.

“Jacques has now decided that he wants to concentrate on his own game. Our discussions were entirely cordial and constructive and it is only right that we accept his decision. We will now start the process of appointing a replacement vice-captain in consultation with the selectors, the national coach and the national captain.”

In his statement, Kallis said he remained totally committed to South African cricket.

“I will always be willing to help others. I just want to become the best player that I can possibly be.”

Bosman to face charges

Meanwhile, opening batsman Loots Bosman has been charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

Cricket South Africa said in a statement that Bosman would appear before a disciplinary committee soon in connection with a report published in a newspaper on Wednesday.

The batsman would also face charges of making comments in the media without obtaining CSA’s consent. The comments were considered to be detrimental to the game in general and critical of the team selection. — Agencies

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