A BULAWAYO-based cricket player spent his birthday locked in a police cell after attacking a sports reporter who had tried to reprimand the cricketer from harassing patrons at a bar at the Emakhandeni Cricket Club last Saturday night.
Cunningham Ncube (ABOVE), a Matabeleland Tuskers batsman, allegedly went on an alcohol fuelled rampage at the bar shouting obscenities and unprintable words to patrons before Chronicle senior sports reporter Sikhumbuzo Moyo a�� who was also enjoying a quiet time with friends at the same bar- warned the player to behave in an exemplary manner as a role model in the community.
Ncube would have none of it and instead turned on the scribe with fists before other patrons intervened and stopped the assault. Moyoa��s spectacles were broken in the process.
The scribe called the police and the cricketer was picked up bringing his birthday celebrations to an abrupt end.A� He later languished in a police cell for three nights at the Luveve Police Station.
The player turned 26 on 17 April.
Moyo was treated at a private hospital and discharged the same night.
a�?I am still feeling some pain but I think the boy has learnt his lesson that being a celebrity or rather a public figure does not qualify one to be a law unto himself. My concern now is on my spectacles which were crushed during the unprovoked and vicious attack. Violence is not the best way to resolve disputes, I even warned my friends who wanted to mete out instant justice on Ncube,a�? said Moyo.
Police spokesperson Precious Simango confirmed the incident and arrest of the player.
Matabeleland Tuskers assistant coach Pollock Mubobo said Ncube had no ties with the franchise team as contract negotiations with players would resume in October before the domestic league starts.
Last season the player was on a a�?earn-as-you-playa�� contract meaning he was only paid for the matches that he featured in which according to an online cricket website search were only a handful.
a�?The player is not contracted to us so there is no way that we can take disciplinary action against him. Last season he was not even good enough to make it into the pool of contracted players and he only featured for the team on an earn as you play contract,a�? said Mubobo.
The cricketer is a younger brother to former Highlanders Football Club player Graham Ncube who last year dragged the Bulawayo giants to the Labour Court over signing-on fees amounting to $10 000 he alleges the club owes him.