CA likely to sanction Simon Katich for outburst

Simon Katich had accused Michael Clarke of playing a role in removing him from the list of CA contracts Getty Images

Melbourne: Oct 29, 2011

Former Test opener Simon Katich may face possible sanctions by Cricket Australia (CA) over his recent comments that Aussie captain Michael Clarke had a hand in axing him from the national team.

He has been booked under the CA code of behaviour for making “detrimental public comment” and chief executive James Sutherland informed that the details of Katich’s hearing will be released in the next few days.

Sutherland, in a statement, said that he was “surprised and disappointed” with the comments made by Katich, despite indications from the new full-time national selector John Inverarity that the door was not closed on him for future selection.

CA said that it “emphatically refutes any suggestion that Michael Clarke influenced the independent selection panel’s recommendations for the 2011-12 CA contract players’ list. The suggestions made by Katich are completely erroneous, inappropriate and unfair to Clarke, the selectors and to CA.”

Yesterday, the 36-year-old Katich accused Clarke of playing a role in removing him from the list of CA contracts, and also said that he would never be able to wear a baggy green again as long as the team is led by the present skipper.

“I think you don’t have to be Einstein to figure out that it’s not just the selectors that had a part in sending me on my way,” Katich had told reporters on Friday.(PTI)