Cricket South Africa recently concluded its investigation into a physical altercation between a former Proteas all-rounder and the chief selector.
It is reported that Robbie Frylinck was involved in a punch-up with CSA convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang at the Dolphins’ end-of-season awards ceremony in Durban in March this year.
According to a Sport24 report, CSA had confirmed the incident had taken place and that the organisation’s external laywers and human resources department launched an investigation, which went on for five months but has since ended in an ‘amicable solution’ signed by both parties.
According to an anonymous source, who also attended the event, he and various other people went for “afterparty” drinks in Durban North after the awards ceremony, and that’s where the alleged incident took place.
“I wasn’t there when it happened, but I know it was at a public venue – I think Irish bar Mulligan’s – after the [Dolphins] awards function in Durban North,” the cricketer told Sport24.
“There was a golf day during the day, and then there was a prize-giving at the function later at Mount Edgecombe.
“I attended the Dolphins end-of-year function, and we all went for drinks afterwards. People started leaving as curfew approached after that stuff went down.
“I have no clue what started it, but alcohol would have played a big part. I heard about it the next day from players who were there.”
Frylinck reportedly accused Mpitsang of being responsible for prematurely ending his playing career.
“I was not there at the time, but something happened after a few drinks. Yes, he [Frylinck] did punch Vic [Mpitsang]. He was talking about him [Mpitsang] ending his career or whatever the case is. I caught it the next morning [after it happened],” a domestic franchise coach, who was aware of the incident, told Sport24.
CSA has since confirmed that investigation into the matter concluded on 20 August.
“The process was finalised on 20 August, but it was being dealt with by our HR and cricket services,” said acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki.
“That incident happened at an afterparty after a KZN Cricket event. There was a conflict resolution meeting, and, from what’s in the report, they both acknowledged they might have acted disrespectfully towards each other.
“It was then amicably resolved among the parties. We’re happy about the resolution, but you can’t expect people to behave like that, especially people who are ambassadors of cricket.”
Dolphins CEO Heinrich Strydom said the franchise worked with CSA during the investigation, but said the incident wasn’t a “big thing”.
“We were part of CSA’s process, so we handled the matter together,” Strydom said.
“We wanted to make sure that there was nothing serious or no matters outstanding, so we worked with CSA, and everything was resolved in the end.
“We obviously don’t want any matters [like this], but the fact is that it’s all been resolved, and it’s not seen as an issue, and everyone’s moved on.”
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