JOHANNESBURG: Former Cricket South Africa president Ray Mali says ex-coach Mickey Arthur's claims that retiring pacer Makhaya Ntini used the race card after being dropped from the side are lies.
Arthur, who now coaches Western Australian in Perth, alleges in his book 'Taking the Mickey', to be released on Monday, that he had been called to a breakfast meeting where the then cricket boss Mtutuzeli Nyoka had apologised to Ntini after the latter had complained that Arthur and captain Graeme Smith did not want black players in the side.
Mali, who is now looking after Athletics South Africa, refuted Arthur's claims and told the Daily Dispatch, "There's no such thing. Mickey is lying. Makhaya said no such thing."
"Makhaya did not play the race card. Mickey must not try to sell his book using Makhaya. I deny that outright."
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