Teeger’s replacement named

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Cricket South Africa (KSA) announced on Sunday afternoon that Western Province’s Juan James is the new captain of South Africa’s under-19 cricket team for the upcoming World Cup tournament.

He will fill David Teeger’s captaincy shoes.

RNews reported on Friday that Teeger was apparently stripped of his captaincy due to security concerns. However, he is still a member of the team.

“The 19-year-old James will lead the team in the 15th edition of the tournament. The junior Proteas’ campaign officially begins on Friday against the West Indies in Potchefstroom,” the national cricket governing body shared on social media.

James has led the team on the field before – in a couple of matches against Bangladesh.

The decision to relieve Teeger of the captaincy drew criticism from various quarters.

“Was he stripped of the captaincy simply because he is a Jew?” asked British media personality Piers Morgan on social media.

He also slammed KSA and denounced his actions as “cowardly”.

Teeger said in October, when he was named rising star of Absa’s awards for Jewish excellence, that the real stars are young soldiers in Israel – referring to the conflict between the latter and Hamas.

“Yes, I got the award, and yes, I am a rising star, but the real stars are the young soldiers in Israel.”

KSA’s council later decided to launch an independent investigation into his remarks, but Adv. Wim Trengove SC found that the head boy of the King Edward VII School in Johannesburg did not violate any codes or act unconstitutionally.