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.
Meet some members of the SA Cricket Board who today took a strong and clear decision to remove David Teeger, the Captain of the U19 team, as he had made public comments in support of Isreali and the Genocide.
South Africans will not give Zionists an inch of breathing space👏🏽🇿🇦❤️ pic.twitter.com/yfqcQtDwOr
— 🇿🇦 iScathulo SePhara 👞 (@ISephara) January 12, 2024
Cricket South Africa removed David Teeger from South Africa U19 captaincy over concerns for his safety following his pro-Irsael comments.
No Doubt Israel is Terrorist State pic.twitter.com/ZNxgNeSXtx
— Irfan Shakir (@iamirfanshakir) January 12, 2024
Morgan doesn’t have google? Teeger is on the team but isn’t captain because of these comments as he received an award.
“And I’d like to dedicate it to the state of Israel and to every single soldier fighting so that we can live and thrive in the diaspora.”https://t.co/fujI8zUUTV https://t.co/ZnFqr88z5Y
— Margaret Kimberley (@freedomrideblog) January 12, 2024
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