According to an Australian news website, CSA's commercial manager Clive Eksteen and media and communications manager Altaaf Khazi were photographed arm-in-arm with punters who had been allowed into the St George's Park ground wearing Williams's masks.
The photo shows Kazi and Eksteen smiling as they linked arms with three men who were wearing the masks in an attempt to torment explosive Australia opening batsman David Warner during the second Test match.
"On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia, its officials, team management, players and their families", CSA President Chris Nenzani was quoted as sating by ESPNcricinfo. "They said "let's take a photo with you guys", revealed Kazi.
Two Cricket South Africa executives have been photographed at the second test posing alongside spectators wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks, worn as a ploy to taunt Australian opener and vice-captain David Warner.
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There have been calls on social media for spectators to wear the masks following a row between Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock during the first Test, which Warner claimed was sparked when De Kock insulted his wife. "On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families", commented CSA President Chris Nenzani in a CSA statement.
The story‚ which broke in the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday night‚ quoted Kazi as saying: "Initially security wouldn't let them in (with the masks)". She is also a model and celebrity TV star. Warner then had to be restrained by teammates as he argued with de Kock on a staircase leading to the dressing rooms as players came off the field for a break.
There have been repercussions for Nathan Lyon and Kagiso Rabada, a foul-mouthed dispute between De Kock and and Warner, ball tampering allegations, and now this.
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