Paul Adams

Paul Adams’ future as head coach of the Cape Cobras has been cast into doubt after the majority of the players laid a formal complaint against him with the South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca).

While claims that Gogga will be succeeded by new assistant coach Ashwell Prince have yet to be confirmed, Saca Head of Player Services and Advocacy Andrew Breetzke has revealed the players have approached him.

Breetzke tells Club Cricket SA: “I can confirm that the majority of the contracted Cobras players have lodged a formal grievance with the Cobras.

“The grievance relates to a material breakdown in their relationship with the coach.

“A mediator was appointed and a mediation process took place.

“The mediator submitted a report to us, but we haven’t studied it yet, and will engage with the players once we have studied it.”

Former South Africa spin bowler Adams assumed his current position in 2012, winning the Sunfoil Series, the T20 Challenge and sharing the One Day Cup along the way.

Last season brought defeat in the One Day Cup final, a semifinal exit in the T20 Challenge - and a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Sunfoil Series on the back of just three wins in 10 fixtures.

Prince’s arrival as assistant was confirmed on Tuesday, with former Cape bowling star Alan Dawson having been hired as the Cobras’ convenor of selectors.