Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has suspended two of its three Indian-origin players in the national women's squad -- Shabnim Ismail and Trisha Chetty --for repeat offences that breached its Rules and Code of Conduct.
Ismail and Chetty have been suspended until 31 January next year for persistent breaches of Article 1.5.2 of the Code, namely "unbecoming or detrimental conduct which could bring them, the Board or the game of cricket into disrepute".
Following disciplinary action, the two players have admitted to contravening the Code and have been suspended from playing for the Proteas team, but will be allowed to play in their provincial sides.
Although CSA would not give details of the nature of the offences, sources said the two players had been at loggerheads for a while now.
"We strive to be a highly professional and world-class outfit, whether on or off the field. Incidents of this nature are always disappointing and cannot be tolerated in a high performing environment," said CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat in a short statement.
"We have agreed with Shabnim and Trisha that they will undertake specialised counseling during their period of suspension and together with South African Cricketers Union, we will try to ensure that they successfully re-integrate themselves back into the team environment," it said.
The statement said there would be no further comment on this matter as CSA respects the confidential nature of the matter.