Cricket South Africa apologies for Sonny Bill Williams masks

Cricket South Africa executives Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi pose with fans in Williams masks on Friday

Cricket South Africa executives Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi pose with fans in Williams masks on Friday

Cricket South Africa (CSA) were forced into a public apology after it emerged that two of the organisation's high-ranking officials posed with fans wearing masks of Sonny Bill Williams during the second Test against Australia.

The Australians are understood to be upset that the masks, used as a taunt to specifically target David Warner and his wife Candice, were let into the venue before the photograph surfaced of the two senior executives posing with the fans.

That incident is behind a fiery exchange between Warner and South Africa's Quentin de Kock during the First Test.

Not only should those masks have been banned from the stadium, what made matters worst was the fact that two CSA officials actually went ahead and clicked photographs with the notorious fans.

Security complied - only for Eksteen and Kazi to overrule them after fans complained. We let people in with Hashim Amla beards.

"On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families", he said.

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CA is furious with the conduct of Eksteen and Kazi, with chairman David Peever and chief executive James Sutherland expressing their disgust to their South African counterparts. The left-handed opener was left fuming after De Kock had allegedly said something about Candice during the first Test, and the home fans wanted to further ridicule the Australian.

With relations between the teams already severely strained, two South African cricket officials have been photographed smiling with fans who were wearing masks created to taunt Australia vice-captain David Warner.

"They disgrace South Africans".

"On behalf of CSA, I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families", CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement.

The statement said CSA had taken "immediate precautionary steps" against the officials and that there would be an internal disciplinary process.

Also on day two, the ICC charged Rabada for making physical contact with Steve Smith after dismissing him in Australia's first innings.

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