Why De Kock is crossing his fingers
IN THE absence of swift justice, Lions batting prodigy Quinton de Kock might yet be available for the start of the ODI series against New Zealand in Paarl on Saturday.
De Kock is in the dock after allegedly pushing the Cobras' Alistair Gray in the four-day match that the visitors won by eight wickets at Newlands at the weekend.
The altercation ensued after the Lions chose a ball a lot older than the one umpires Brian Jerling and Shaun George ruled should be replaced just 20 overs into the visitors' second innings.
Calling for a replacement that early in an innings does smack of ball tampering, and that is exactly what Cobras' skipper Justin Ontong will have to answer to at a disciplinary hearing.
When exactly the hearings will take place was still up in the air yesterday as its scheduling is not all up to the cricket controlling body, according to CSA spokesman Michael Owen-Smith.
"I'm not sure when the hearing will take place. The people outside cricket are very busy. They are usually senior counsel and they have to decide when hearings can take place. We are hoping to resolve the matter this week, but it may only happen next week," he said.
When asked about the complaint against the Cobras, Owen-Smith went into dead-bat mode.
"There is also a complaint against the Cobras, so I presume their captain will be appearing," he said.
The commissioner will also hear another complaint, but Owen-Smith would not divulge details.
"I'm not at liberty to discuss this," he said tersely.
It is understood that case also involves another Lions player, but the incident stems from the Lions' previous match against the Knights.
Were De Kock's hearing to take place this week, he could potentially face a two-match ban that should render him unavailable until next Friday's final match in the ODI series in Potchefstroom.