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Petersen and Lions clear the air

Alviro Petersen and the Gauteng Cricket Board have resolved their recent public dispute.

The bizhub Highveld Lions want to put the Alviro Petersen issue to rest. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Cricket CEO Greg Fredericks has told EWN Sport that the bizhub Highveld Lions would like to put the Alviro Petersen issue to rest and move on with what happens on the field of play.

Petersen stepped down on Sunday citing alleged interference from the board and selectors, forcing Thami Tsolekile to captain the Ram Slam T20 game against the Knights.

Fredericks says there was no evidence of interference.

"I did not pick up any incident where there was interference by the board or by the selectors. In my discussions with Alviro and the coach they said over the many years they have been involved with us that there has never been any interference. They were given a team by the selectors, and the selectors then finalise the eleven that takes the field."

Fredericks explains where the confusion came in.

"That meeting that was called was basically to clarify the roles of the coach and the captain. Alviro perceived that as interference, but from our perspective it wasn't interference. It was just about clarification, and an intervention which we thought was necessary."