Cape Cobras coach Paul Adams continues to have the “full support” of the Western Cape Cricket board (WCC).
But Monday night’s decision to back the coach has angered the players, who believe the WCC is using “divide and rule” tactics after Adams’ future had been deemed untenable when the majority of the Cobras squad lodged a “formal grievance” during the off-season.
The WCC, though, “expressed a vote of confidence” in Adams with the extended contract signed with the former South African spin bowler remaining in place.
In the statement released by the WCC, the board is also said to have found material deficiencies in mediator Paddy Upton’s report as he did not fully discharge the mandate given to him to speak to all the contracted players.
WCC chairperson Angelo Carolissen says: “We studied the recommendations of the independent panel and the report submitted by Upton.
“We deeply respect the concerns raised by the players and want to state that they are priceless assets to Cape Cobras’ cricket.
“We will leave no stone unturned in developing the players to become international stars or retain their status as South African icons.”
The consequence of this decision may have grave effects for the franchise in the long-term.
The breakdown of relationships has now stretched further than just Adams and the players.
The WCC executive board has seemingly lost the respect of the majority of senior players due to the manner in which the negotiations have been conducted.
This all came to a head on Monday morning when the WCC had hoped to meet the aggrieved players individually or in groups of three before the board meeting last night.
After consultation with the South African Players Association (Saca), the players refused to meet individually due to the belief that the WCC executive board were adopting a “divide and rule” tactic, according to an unnamed player.