After a few days, the Under-19 ODI World Cup is going to be held in South Africa. South African captain David Tiger lost the opportunity to lead his country in this World Cup. A week before the start of the World Cup, he was removed from the captaincy by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
Tiger did not lose his leadership role for his performance. Basically one of his comments is yesterday. The whole world is active in the Israel-Palestine issue, from which the sports arena is not excluded. Tiger made comments a few days ago in support of Israel.
That’s why Tiger lost his position as the captain of his country before the World Cup. However, CSA kept him in South Africa’s World Cup squad.
Popular sports-based website ESPN Cricinfo reported in a report that David Tiger made comments in support of Israeli soldiers amid the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Which has increased the concern of the Protea Cricket Board about the safety of this cricketer. That is why the CSA wants to prevent cricketers from doing such things during the World Cup.
In a statement, the CSA said, ‘CSA has been receiving regular security and risk information regarding the World Cup. As we have been advised, protests related to the Gaza war can be expected at the tournament venue. We have been advised to keep an eye on Under-19 captain David Tiger, who is not at risk of conflict or violence between rival factions.
‘All the cricketers in the team and David have a lot of interest in the game. So we will keep him with the squad and the new captain will also be announced. The CSA considers it a primary responsibility to ensure the safety of all players and spectators attending the World Cup,” the CSA said in a statement.
Originally, David Tigger received the award as a rising star on October 22, 2023. After receiving the award there, the young man dedicated it to the Israeli soldiers and commented that the young Israeli soldiers are the real stars. After Tigger’s comments, there was a lot of criticism on social media and there were protests against his inclusion in the team. Palestinian supporters protested outside the stadium during the Cape Town Test between India and South Africa. The protesters also questioned the inclusion of Tiger in the team.
The South African Cricket Board has decided to remove him from the captaincy to avoid any untoward situation during the World Cup. On the opening day of the Youth World Cup, the Proteas will begin their mission in Potchefstroom on January 19, where their opponent is the West Indies. The other two opponents in the hosts’ group are England and Scotland.