Pretoria – Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has expressed concern at the withdrawal of Aaron Phangiso from the first two ICC World Twenty20 internationals against Australia.
“Minister Mbalula has learnt about the suspension and withdrawal of Mr Aaron Phangiso from the first two T20 internationals against Australia following the announcement by University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre,” said the Department of Sport and Recreation on Tuesday.
The High Performance Centre conducted tests on Phangiso, which revealed illegalities in his bowling.
“Minister Mbalula is concerned that this withdrawal comes on the eve of the Proteas campaign and participation in T20 ICC World Twenty20.
“The Minister calls on the leadership and administrators within Cricket South Africa (CSA) to save the talent and future of this black diamond and other players, who might be faced with similar misfortunes,” said the department.
The ICC World Twenty20 tournament will take place in India from March 8.