Petersen still committed to Lions

The Proteas batsman has given up the captaincy of the bizhub Highveld Lions.

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JOHANNESBURG - Alviro Petersen says that he remains committed to the bizhub Highveld Lions cause this season, despite stepping down as captain yesterday. Petersen gave up the captaincy due to interference by selectors which he has termed 'not right'.

He took the decision shortly before Sunday's T20 match against the Knights and was replaced at short notice by Thami Tsolekile.

Petersen told EWN Sport that he won't be making any hasty decisions over his future just yet.

"I'm obviously contracted to Cricket South Africa, and I'm also contracted to the Lions for this season. I'm just focusing on the 20/20 campaign, and trying to help as much as I can, where I can."

Petersen told EWN Sport that he felt that decisions were being imposed on him and coach Geoff Toyana that directly impacted their ability to do their jobs.

"As the captain and the coach, we should be able to set up game plans and strategies. The responsibility for all that should lie solely on our table to do that. Geoff and I have always operated in that way, and to be asked to move away from that is not right."

Petersen told EWN Sport that in its current form the decisions being taken by the Lions selectors made his position as captain untenable.

"I just felt that the way they want to run the system and the set-up is not in line with the way I would like to captain. I can't do something that I feel is not right. That's the reason I've decided to step down."

Petersen told EWN Sport though that he is fully committed to this season with the Lions and will firmly support Tsolekile in carrying out his duties.

"I've given my full support to the new captain Thami. I'll support him and my door is always open to him, because I've had four years with the team and I know the players inside out. If he needs any help I'll gladly give it to him."