Calcutta: Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday thanked Cricket Australia (CA) for their rapid and effective response to deal with the speech made by one of their former players, Greg Ritchie, on the first day of the Brisbane Test match, at the Gabba.
“I had a long conversation with James Sutherland, CEO of CA, today (Tuesday),” said CSA acting CEO Jacques Faul. “He made a very full and sincere apology for what had happened which I appreciated. CSA is also very appreciative of the rapid and effective manner in which he dealt with the issue.”
CA has conceded it was not appropriate for Ritchie to speak at its cricket venues, after he admitted to using racially offensive and anti-Muslim language during a speech at the Gabba on Friday.
As a consequence, Ritchie has been dumped from a planned speaking engagement at the annual Adelaide Test match dinner.
Ritchie was booked as a guest speaker for a Gabba Members’ Club lunch on the first day of the Test against South Africa and the Sunday Times reported that he drew laughter from the crowd while telling an anecdote in which he used a racist term, as well as while telling an offensive joke.