Upton report called for Adams’ axing

TMG Digital


TELFORD VICE, Cape Town

PADDY Upton’s report on some Cobras’ players grievances with Paul Adams called for the coach to be relieved of his duties, TMG Digital has learned.

But the Western Cape Cricket (WCC) board decided last week, after studying the report, that Adams would be retained.

The board pointed to what they called “material deficiencies” in Upton’s report, which was commissioned as part of the mediation process between the unhappy players and Adams.

It appears Upton, a former SA team director whose appointment as mediator was acceptable to both sides in the dispute, did not speak to all of the aggrieved players.

Adams has been offered a new two-year contract, but it is believed that neither he nor the board have signed off on the contract.

The matter now seems headed for the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Adams is highly likely to be removed as coach if the players win their case.

But should the CCMA rule against the players they would be liable for disciplinary action.

Either way Adams will not be fired.

It is understood another role will be found for him at the franchise should the CCMA decide in the players’ favour.

The saga has split the franchise with short format captain Justin Ontong having told TMG Digital that he supported Adams and first-class captain Omphile Ramela believed to be among the players who want Adams dismissed.

The opposing camps of players are reportedly not on speaking terms, and that with the Cobras’ first match of the season against the Lions at the Wanderers in Johannesburg starting next Wednesday.

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