James replaces Teeger as u-19 skipper

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Western Province all-rounder, Juan James, has been appointed captain of the South African team at the upcoming Under 19 Cricket World Cup to be held in the country.

James’ appointment comes after David Teeger was stripped of the captaincy on Friday due to fears he might be targeted by protesters during the tournament.

In July last year, James led the South African U-19 team in the third and fifth matches of their 50-over series against Bangladesh.

The tournament’s hosts, South Africa, will play their opening match at JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom on Friday against the West Indies. In the group stage, they will then play Scotland and England.

Teeger’s demotion has meanwhile sparked mixed views from various quarters and ordinary South Africans.

The South Africa Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has slammed CSA, saying the move was anti-Semitic.

Other South Africans, however, believe it was a just move.

Last year, Teeger was cleared of violating the CSA and Lions code of conduct for his stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Teeger had made pro-Israeli comments at the Absa Jewish Achiever Rising Star awards amid the ongoing war between Israel and Palestine, which started in October.

“Yes, I’ve been (given) this award, and, yes, I’m now the Rising Star, but the true rising stars are the young soldiers in Israel,” he said while receiving an award.

An inquiry found that the 19-year-old was entitled to make remarks in his personal capacity to a Jewish audience, which was unrelated to cricket. Article by Ntsako Mkhari

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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