Proteas motivational speaker Mike Horn has done an apparent about-turn. Earlier in the week Horn told a Gauteng radio station that the controversial alleged SMS ordering Vernon Philander into the South Africa side for the Cricket World Cup against New Zealand, did in fact exist despite the strongest denial on the part of the Ministry and Cricket South Africa, (CSA). However Horn has now said these comments were taken out of context and that he is not aware of any political interference in the selection of the team for that fixture against the Black Caps.
In a letter he sent to CSA, Horn expressed his regret for the controversy caused following his comments. In the letter Horn states: ‘First of all I apologize for this controversy. If this event would hurt the feelings of the management team and the players, it was not my intention and I sincerely apologize. The story has been taken completely out of context, it’s a load of hot air but I guess this is what the press like and feed on.’ Horn also further clarified his comments on team selection.
He explained what he said was that there was a changed team from the quarter-final and not a team changed once it had been selected for the semi-final. Horn said that the point he was trying to make was the fact that he personally felt that he had failed in his job as motivator or performance coach and accepted responsibility for not helping to get the team across the line. In the letter he writes: ‘I confirm what I said in the sound bytes and the written articles, but the way it was written was not my sense of what had happened but the interpretation of someone else. I must say I am disappointed at the way my comments were portrayed and a part of me feels let down by the negativity these reports have caused.’
The president of CSA has appointed members of the Board to conduct a review of the matter and CSA will issue a statement in due course.