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    CSA bringing in former cricketers like Smith, Boucher, Kallis and Langveldt into the fold

    Interesting to see that CSA doing what a lot of Pakistani would like PCB to do!

    But will this backfire or have positive effects?

    So far:

    Graeme Smith : Acting Director of Cricket
    Mark Boucher : Head Coach
    Jaques Kallis : Batting Consultant
    Charl Langeveldt : Proteas bowling consultant
    Last edited by MenInG; 18th December 2019 at 17:08.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Interesting to see that CSA doing what a lot of Pakistani would like PCB to do!

    But will this backfire or have positive effects?

    So far:

    Graeme Smith : Acting Director of Cricket
    Mark Boucher : Head Coach
    Jaques Kallis : Batting Consultant
    Charl Langeveldt : Proteas bowling consultant
    Kallis, Smith and Boucher are gentleman of game, along with being great players, Pakistani ex-players are mostly bitter. Misbah seemed to be a gentleman types but so far he has proven to be a disaster.

    Historically as well most ex-cricketers in PCB related roles were bad for Pakistan cricket.
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    All of these players are pretty distinguished names - for CSA's sake, hope all this works.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Interesting to see that CSA doing what a lot of Pakistani would like PCB to do!

    But will this backfire or have positive effects?

    So far:

    Graeme Smith : Acting Director of Cricket
    Mark Boucher : Head Coach
    Jaques Kallis : Batting Consultant
    Charl Langeveldt : Proteas bowling consultant
    Interesting moves made by CSA. They got Langeveldt to pull out of his Bangladesh coaching job only 5 months into his contract.

    What has Kallis been up to since his retirement. Has he been involved in coaching?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacattakk View Post
    Interesting moves made by CSA. They got Langeveldt to pull out of his Bangladesh coaching job only 5 months into his contract.

    What has Kallis been up to since his retirement. Has he been involved in coaching?
    Kallis has been involved with IPL in mentor and coaching role.

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    Decent names and all with coaching experience as well, Boucher was the coach of Titans from 2016 and Langeveldt have been involved with SA as bowling coach before as well if I am not wrong while Kallis was involved in IPL as coach and mentor.

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    I always thought even before the Pak appointments Misbah would have been perfect for the director of cricket position like Greame Smith but the problem with PCB is that they dont trust their own system and thus the coaches produced by it so they thought they needed to go with someone who they trusted as the head coach.

    As I said earlier as well, hopefully the new domestic structure will also shed lights on coaches as that is where the coaches of top teams come from. Ijaz Ahmed has coached so many U19 teams and emerging teams, Abdur Rehman has achieved a lot as domestic coach while Mohammad Wasim has been really impressive as the coach of Northern. So these names should be considered for graduation to domestic setup going forward. PCB also needs to involve bowling and fielding consultants as well, CP and KPK has assistant and Head coach who were pace bowlers but others should rope in consultants.

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    In case you missed it, apart from appointments of Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher:

    Jacques Kallis named Proteas batting consultant

    Former Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder, Jacques Kallis has been named as the team’s batting consultant for the duration of the summer. He will join the squad for their camp starting in Pretoria today (Wednesday).


    Charl Langeveldt confirmed as Proteas bowling consultant

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to confirm the return of former Standard Bank Proteas bowler, Charl Langeveldt as bowling consultant to the national men’s team this summer. He will join the squad in camp as quickly as can be arranged.


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    http://www.pakpassion.net/ppforum/sh...-by-Ehsan-Mani

    This is precisely why Pakistani ex-players shouldn't be in such positions. In coaching positions, it only about how to help other players but our ex-players only care about themselves and satisfying their egos.


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    Seems South African cricket will rise again. If only they can relax the quotas a little bit.

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    They actually have coaching experience as well. I think they will do good jobs.

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    told y'all. South Africa will.bounce back strong. Poor englsnd. They will get decimated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyron_woodley View Post
    told y'all. South Africa will.bounce back strong. Poor englsnd. They will get decimated.
    Dont be too sure.


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    South African captain Faf du Plessis admitted on Friday that off-field dramas in South African cricket had taken a toll on him in the past six months.

    “There were a lot of challenges,” said Du Plessis during the second full day of training before the first Test against England starting at Centurion on Thursday. Controversies involving officials culminated in demands for the board of Cricket South Africa to resign, the suspension of the chief executive and the appointment of a new cricket-focused leadership.

    Du Plessis said that although he had tried to keep the players separate from off-field issues, he personally had to get involved. Reports have emerged of administrative issues affecting the players during a poor Cricket World Cup campaign in England earlier this year, which was followed by a disastrous tour of India, where South Africa lost all three Tests by wide margins.

    The crisis in South African cricket came to a head when five journalists were banned three weeks ago, leading to major sponsors putting pressure on Cricket South Africa. “When things started unfolding, the way I saw it was that things needed to get real bad before it got better, so I'm happy that process unfolded to where we are today,” said Du Plessis.

    “The last six months have taken a lot more energy from me as a leader than I would normally require,” he said. “But it is something I've thought was important and I couldn't not put energy into all the different areas that needed attention.”

    He said developments in the past two weeks, including the appointment of former captain Graeme Smith as interim director of cricket, followed by the appointment of Test legends Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis as head coach and batting consultant, had led to a new mood of optimism.

    - LACK OF PREPARATION TIME -

    Du Plessis said the build-up to the World Test Championship series against England was far from ideal with minimal time to adjust to new leadership and the players having only played Twenty20 cricket in the past six weeks.

    “We aren't as prepared as we would have liked to be as a Test team but what is more important is the things that have changed in the last two weeks,” he said. “Cricketers in South Africa and also the public have got a lot of optimism about the team. Obviously we'll always get judged on our performances and only time will tell but for me it is really, really important that we focused on getting the right people in the right places.”

    Du Plessis said that with the team having lost a lot of experience among the players, the appointment of highly-experienced former players provided the best possible substitute.

    “The biggest thing that has unfolded is the information we share. We are very inexperienced as a team in some departments. The best way to tackle that head-on is to talk to guys who have been there and done it. The last two days have been exceptional in terms of just hearing the conversations that have taken place.”

    New coach Boucher said the key challenge was to prepare as well as possible. “It's about getting the confidence back, to make sure we tick every single box possible so when we get into the Test match the guys feel they are ready for it.”

    Boucher said he believed South Africans responded well when they had their backs against the wall. “We've been through some tough times in this country but we're resilient. Sport can change very, very quickly. We've promised ourselves that what has happened in the past is not a burden for this team to carry. It's about a new challenge.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by tyron_woodley View Post
    told y'all. South Africa will.bounce back strong. Poor englsnd. They will get decimated.
    On the surface the appointments look good but we cant be sure of actual results as of yet. As the transition and development of new players will determine a lot, Srl and Pak have also been also going through a similar phase in tests where their seniors retired from tests and they are rebuilding but results have been inconstant and same can be the case with SA as well going forward.

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    South Africa Test captain Faf du Plessis radiated optimism ahead of the England series, thanks in no small part to the recent inclusions of Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher in the coaching setup.

    The calendar year 2019 will be one South Africa will want to forget for the most part, especially when reflecting on their performances in the longest format. At the start of the year, they suffered a 2-0 clean sweep at the hands of an unfancied Sri Lankan side, despite having home advantage. They then went on to get brushed aside 3-0 in India as their ICC World Test Championship got off to the worst possible start.

    Despite that, South Africa captain du Plessis sounded happy and excited ahead of their final match of the year owing to the recent appointments of legends Kallis (batting consultant) and Boucher (head coach) in coaching roles. He said the inputs the players were receiving from them has been 'absolute gold'.

    "The last two days have been exceptional in terms of hearing the conversations that's taking place between us, talking in a batting group with Boucher and Kallis," du Plessis said on Friday, 20 December. "It's unbelievable conversations that haven't happened for a while and the reason why it hasn't happened is because we didn't have experience in our team, especially in the India series. Post the India tour we needed experience.

    "The last two days have been hugely positive for me to see that, even though we are not getting the time in the middle, we are getting very specific practice. Jacques Kallis is talking to batters about how they are batting, what they're looking for, what is a bowler trying to do, how they are putting together their first 20 balls - those things are absolute gold for young players to grow and even for myself. It's been unbelievable just talking to people like that. Their cricket brains are exceptional. You just feed off it the whole time."

    It's not just the coaching setup that has been bolstered by the presence of ex-South Africa greats; Graeme Smith, the world's most successful Test captain, had been appointed as the board's Director of Cricket a couple of weeks ago. The presence of such hugely successful Test cricketers in the management has boosted the optimism both in and around the team, according to du Plessis.

    "Where we are as cricketers in South Africa is the most optimistic we have been in a while," du Plessis said. "There were a lot of challenges the last six months. We hadn't played our best cricket as a team but there had been a lot of stuff happening off the field.

    "For me, that's the most promising thing where we are right now. We are not as prepared as we would have liked to be as a Test team but I think for now, what's more important is the things that have changed in the last two weeks. Cricketers in SA and the public have got a lot of optimism about the team. It was really important that we focused on getting the right people in the right places and I feel that has happened. I feel we have got a very good coaching and management staff right now."

    Riding on the new-found positivity, the team will look to give themselves a memorable end to an otherwise forgettable Test year when they take on England in the first of four games in Centurion.

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    Centurion - The Proteas, after a dismal 2019, are back to winning ways having knocked over England in the first Test at Centurion and skipper Faf du Plessis acknowledged a sense of relief on Sunday.

    The 35-year-old was at the helm for this year's disastrous World Cup campaign, where the Proteas finished 7th and never came close to contending for a semi-final place, while he was also in charge of an embarrassing 2-0 home series Test defeat to Sri Lanka back in February and then a 3-0 Test hammering in India in September.

    In addition to the poor results on the field, Du Plessis and his players have looked on helplessly this year and witnessed one of the darkest periods of Cricket South Africa's (CSA) administrative history.

    Things came to tipping point earlier this month when CEO Thabang Moroe was suspended by the organisation and at that stage, with less than three weeks to go until the start of the England series, the national side had no permanent coaching staff and no convenor of selectors.

    After Moroe was suspended, the CSA board appointed Jacques Faul as the acting CEO while former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith was unveiled as the new director of cricket.

    Mark Boucher was then given a contract as head coach until the 2023 World Cup while Enoch Nkwe, who had previously been the interim team director, was given the assistant coach role.

    Linda Zondi was reinstated as acting convenor of selectors.

    In addition, Jacques Kallis was brought in as a batting consultant and Charl Langeveldt was named the bowling coach. Somehow, the Proteas had scrambled together a management team rich in experience and pedigree and they were able to prepare for the Boxing Day Test.

    While there is still a lot of uncertainty over exactly what the future leadership of the organisation will look like, Du Plessis said after the 107-run win that there was now a feeling of stability in South African cricket again and that it had contributed greatly to victory at SuperSport Park.

    "There is a lot more confidence in the structures coming from the top," he said, sitting alongside Boucher at the post-match press conference.

    "There were obviously plans in place before, but I feel that now there are better plans in place.

    "We've got the right people in the right jobs and we've got the right people at the top of CSA, which is really important.

    "Leadership always comes from the top and it filters down. I feel like by starting that, it set the tone for how we are playing right now.

    "You have to put those things in place for the things underneath to work in your favour. That's a start for us as a team and now we can trust the system a little bit more and focus on playing cricket."

    Du Plessis acknowledged that this had been a difficult year, with the Proteas having lost five Tests in a row for only the second time since readmission.

    "It's been a tough season for the Test team, and it's been a while since our last victory," he said.


    "This week there was a really good feeling in the camp that we had done some good stuff before the Test match.

    "We knew we needed to put in some performances to get the thing running."

    The Proteas will now have a short break before heading to Cape Town for the second Test at Newlands, which gets underway on January 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    Seems South African cricket will rise again. If only they can relax the quotas a little bit.
    Who's the qouta player in the side? 🤔

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    You see Kallis, Smith and Boucher in that dressing-room and as a South African player if you don't want to give everything, then there is something wrong with you.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Magician View Post
    Who's the qouta player in the side? ��
    Temba Bavuma has played 39 tests with an average of only 31.25, yet he is vice captain of the team, and would've played the recently concluded match against England as well if he wasn't injured.

    What you also have to realize is that the quotas are in effect in domestic cricket as well, which could lessen the quality of the domestic competitions.

    "At first-class level the number is six non-whites of which two have to be black African. It is non-negotiable."

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/...-south-africa/


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    Great start to Boucher's coaching career but job is not done yet. England can always bounce back.

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    CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The complexity of the transformation process in South African cricket, amid a desire for a racially diverse team that better represents the country, will again be highlighted on Thursday as selectors pick their side for the second test against England.

    FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Sri Lanka v South Africa -Second Test Match - Colombo, Sri Lanka - July 20, 2018 - The cap of the South Africa's Temba Bavuma falls off as he runs to stop the ball hit by Sri Lanka's Danushka Gunathilaka (not pictured). REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
    South Africa’s previously all-white cricket team has changed dramatically over the last three decades but there remains a quota target in team selection to redress the imbalances from the country’s apartheid era.

    RELATED COVERAGE
    Archer may miss test against South Africa
    At least two black players and another four from South Africa’s mixed-race and Indian communities must play but last week’s first test had two new white players capped while another is expected to debut on Friday in the second test at Newlands.

    The quota target fell short by two players in Pretoria after Temba Bavuma suffered a hip injury and was replaced by debutant Rassie van der Dussen, who now looks to retain his place as the No. 5 batsman while Bavuma battles with his fitness.

    Dwaine Pretorius was chosen to fill the all-rounder’s berth in the side, ahead of Andile Phehlukwayo, who has played in four tests and 52 One Day Internationals.

    Fulfilling the quota requirements while fielding a competitive team has long been a sensitive issue but after a poor 2019, returning to winning ways looks to be the immediate priority of the four selectors, two of whom are black.

    Sunday’s first test win arrested a run of five successive defeats but came in tandem with criticism about too many whites in senior roles in and around the team after the recent shake-up of Cricket South Africa.

    At the top of the order, coach Mark Boucher has already said Pieter Malan will most likely make his debut on Friday in place of Aiden Markram, who had surgery this week on a broken finger, which could fuel further controversy.

    Keegan Petersen, who is of mixed-race, was called to replace Markram in the squad but Boucher said: “For us to go messing around with the opening position wouldn’t be clever.

    “Pieter Malan has done a lot of good work over a long period of time. It’s his home ground. At the moment, we are swinging towards having a straight swap for the opening batsman.2

    “We understand transformation and we understand we need to do a lot of hard work on a lot of players, especially all-rounders,” Boucher added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Interesting to see that CSA doing what a lot of Pakistani would like PCB to do!

    But will this backfire or have positive effects?

    So far:

    Graeme Smith : Acting Director of Cricket
    Mark Boucher : Head Coach
    Jaques Kallis : Batting Consultant
    Charl Langeveldt : Proteas bowling consultant
    This will be very interesting. They have already missed their quote targets and you can imagine former players like Kallis and Langeveldt pushing this further who have at various times not been the biggest fans of such policies.

    The on field quality will not be much better or worse than what we have seen, there are no replacements for Amla, AB and Steyn. Rabada is exceptional but needs support, there is no world class test spinner (As always) and the batting is looking more and more thin. There is a long wya to go, regardless of coahcing staff, to regain the glory days of SA cricket.

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    Smith is very capable of bringing the changes that SA need to succeed again.

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    CSA identifies international limited overs hopefuls for conditioning camp

    Monday, 20 January 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has identified four franchise players who have been placed in a high performance fitness and conditioning camp at the organization’s Centre of Excellence in Pretoria. They will therefore not be available for selection for their franchises.

    The players - Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Sisanda Magala (Warriors), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors) and Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans) - are in consideration for future international limited overs series and have been enrolled into the training program in the hopes of assisting them in reaching optimum fitness for what promises to be a demanding cricket season.

    The camp is presided over by former Proteas Strength and Conditioning coach – now Sport Scientist – Adrian le Roux. He has been involved in professional sport since 1995 and has worked with other cricket teams such as the India national team from 2001 to 2003 and Indian Premier League (IPL) team, the Kolkata Knight Riders from 2007 until present.


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    Looks like this experiment fell flat on its face.

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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the South African Cricketers’ Association have agreed to a roadmap consultation process with regard to the review and possible restructure of domestic cricket in South Africa.

    This follows the decision of the CSA Members’ Council on January 31 to rescind the previous decision taken to restructure domestic cricket to a 12-affiliate first-class structure.

    In turn, SACA have withdrawn their application to the High Court as they and CSA have reached a confidential settlement agreement.

    The roadmap agreement complies with SACA’s requirement to be consulted as required by the Recognition and Procedural Agreement of July 2018 which remains valid, binding and enforceable between SACA and CSA.

    “This confirms that we have got our partnership relationship with SACA back on track,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Dr. Jacques Faul, “and it will give everybody, especially our players, certainty and security on the road ahead. As we all know, our players are our biggest asset and it is important that they are consulted when their careers are affected.

    “It is an important part of the process to encourage them to stay in our system rather than seek opportunities abroad.

    “The aim is to complete the consultation process by the end of June 2020,” concluded Dr. Faul.

    Omphile Ramela (President of SACA) commented:

    “It’s a good day for cricket in South Africa. It is critical that the relationship between CSA and SACA is a constructive one. This agreement will bring stability and clarity for players and is a step in the right direction.”

    Andrew Breetzke (SACA CEO) commented:

    “The relationship between SACA and CSA has been characterized by open hostility over the past 12 months. The rescinding of the Member’s Council decision and subsequent settlement of the court application will enable SACA to engage with CSA in a constructive manner on the many challenges currently facing cricket in South Africa.

    “Players remain the key stakeholder in the game, and it will be imperative that their interests are protected when dealing with these challenges.”

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    Ex Pakistani players, most of them expect red carpet treatment , still call themselves STARS , absolute cringe, Misbah is Humble but not very positive hence NO


    Waiting for the day when there will be no p....i player in a green shirt

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    I think so far, they haven’t done too badly - Bavuma in ODI’s is a must, De Kock for captaincy was the right decision and timing, JJ Smuts, Nortje seem good picks. Zubayr Hamza, Malan had tough series, but you can see what they see in Hamza in sparks... I really hope that they get their players back after Brexit. Harmer, Abbott, Rilee Rusoew would be welcome additions.

    Their T20 batting line up is potentially looking pretty formidable:

    1. Bavuma
    2. De Kock
    3. AB D
    4. Du Plessis
    5. Van Der Dussen
    6. JJ Smuts
    7, Phehlukwayo / Morris
    8. Rabada
    9. Nortje? Ngidi?
    10. Tahir
    11. Shamsi

    Good top five if they are in form.

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    South Africa is one of my favorite cricket teams and I hope they sort out the Kolpak and quota issue. They deserve a world title after being consistent for so many years.


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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced the Standard Bank Proteas Men’s squad and the Momentum Proteas National Women’s squad players to be awarded national contracts for the 2020/21 season.

    The major men’s engagement over the next 12 months is the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in October while other scheduled tours include home series against Sri Lanka (Tests), Australia (Tests only), Pakistan (T20 only) and India (T20 only) and away tours to West Indies and Sri Lanka.

    The women’s major upcoming commitment is the ICC Women’s World Cup to be played in New Zealand in early 2021. They also have scheduled away tours to the West Indies and England plus the postponed home series against Australia.

    Warriors fast bowler Anrich Nortje and the Imperial Lions duo of all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius and batsman Rassie van der Dussen all earned contract upgrades during the course of the past season.

    Imperial Lions fast bowler Beuran Hendricks earns his first national contract.

    The upgrade system will again be in place this year. Those players performing and selected for the Proteas during the 2020/21 season and who are not contracted can qualify for a National Contract upgrade.

    Nadine de Klerk and Sinalo Jafta who earned contract upgrades during the course of the past season have been retained on the list of women’s contract players.

    “We have contracted 16 men’s players and 14 women’s players which we feel is the appropriate number to maintain our national squads across the various formats,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive, Dr. Jacques Faul. “This enables us to contract both our Test players as well as those who are limited overs specialists.

    “We have decided to keep the 17th men’s contract open for the moment and players can qualify for it through performance.”

    CSA contracted Standard Bank Proteas men’s players: Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Momentum Multiply Titans), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions).

    CSA contracted Momentum Proteas women’s players: Trisha Chetty (KZN Coastal), Nadine de Klerk (WP), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Shabnim Ismail (KZN Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (WP), Marizanne Kapp (EP), Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Lizelle Lee (North West), Sune Luus (Northerns), Zintle Mali (Border), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Chloe Tryon (KZN Coastal), Dane van Niekerk (EP), Laura Wolvaardt (WP).


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    Team Director Mark Boucher is optimistic about the future of the Standard Bank Proteas despite a tough summer, saying there was plenty of hope for the future.

    The legendary former wicketkeeper was only appointed to his position in mid-December, on the eve of England arriving for a four-match Test series, which they won 3-1, before the 50-over world champions drew the one-day international leg of the tour (1-1) and won the three-match Twenty20 sequence 2-1.

    The Proteas suffered another series defeat in T20s against Australia (2-1), but the young, Quinton de Kock-led team crushed Aaron Finch’s men, who were at full-strength, 3-0 in the ODIs.

    “If I look back over the summer and reflect on the team’s performances and progress, especially against England and Australia, I think it was quite disappointing to be honest,” the Team Director said. “Especially against England, we didn't perform like we wanted to perform.

    “In saying that I think we, as a new coaching staff, we asked some questions and I think we got some answers. Some were good and some were bad.

    “The nice thing for me about the whole summer was the light at the end of tunnel, especially in our short formats. I think we have a lot of work to do with our Test cricket still, there’s probably a lot of rebuilding in that respect. We had a couple of injuries as well which didn't help the cause, but I think the exciting thing for me was more the white-ball cricket and to see the guys grow a bit.

    “We gave a bit of opportunity to a couple of youngsters and they really started to gel together as a team and not just rely on one particular guy to carry them through.

    “We didn't get to play in India, which is unfortunate, because it would have been nice to have judged ourselves as a young side against them.”

    South Africa had begun a packed 10-month schedule with a disappointing World Cup in England, before they toured India and lost a three-match Test series 3-0 and drew the T20 leg 1-1.

    Both of those trips had different coaches, before Boucher stepped in under a new management system that is being shepherded by another Proteas legend in Graeme Smith – South Africa’s acting Director of Cricket.

    What was eye-catching for the former Momentum Multiply Titans coach was the way young players, and also relatively new ones, like Janneman Malan, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Anrich Nortje and Kyle Verreyne – to name a few – stepped up towards the back end of the season.

    Boucher continued: “I'm pleased with quite a few of the youngsters even though it was always going to be difficult. I think one thing that we sort of wanted to do as a coaching staff and management was to give opportunities to guys where we saw that we could maybe rest a couple of the senior players and in a way almost throw them into the deep end and see what they could do.

    “I was pleasantly surprised, which left us in a situation towards the back end of the season that was a nice situation to be in when a lot of guys were in good form. There was a lot of confidence. Our selecting was effectively coming from a pool of 20 odd players, which was a lot better than going into a side where you just go, ‘okay, well, these are eleven players that we're definitely going to play.’ Now we have quite a few options and that is good for South African cricket,” he concluded.


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    CSA APPOINTS GRAEME SMITH AS DIRECTOR OF CRICKET

    Friday, 17 April 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced the appointment of Graeme Smith as its Director of Cricket. He will initially serve a two-year term until the end of March 2022.

    “Graeme has made a huge impact with his energy, expertise, hard work ethic and characteristic determination and passion he has brought to the position during the six months he has served in an acting capacity,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Dr. Jacques Faul.

    “Although there is certainly a great deal of work to be done, as reflected by the performances of our various national teams, he has certainly put our cricket on an upward trajectory that provides light at the end of the tunnel.

    “He has bought into all the overall pillars of our strategy and that includes the important one of transformation. As far as the technical and support teams he has put together are concerned, the black generic component amounted to more than 70 percent across the board and the Black African component varied between 30 and 60 percent for the Standard Bank Proteas for the home international season, for the Momentum Proteas for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and for the ICC under-19 World Cup, which we were privileged and proud to host,” explained Dr. Faul.

    “He also made a number of strategic temporary appointments with Linda Zondi appointed interim independent national selector, Ashwell Prince taking charge of South Africa A and Malibongwe Maketa joining the under-19 squad as a coaching consultant.”

    Smith said he was delighted to stay on board as part of the team to take South African cricket forward. “My appointment brings a degree of permanency to my position which makes planning the road ahead a lot easier.

    “As Dr. Faul has said, there is a lot of work that still needs to be done, not just at international level but throughout our pipeline development pathways as well but I am determined to get South African cricket back to where it belongs as one of the world leaders at international level,” he concluded.


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    Langeveldt excited by Proteas talent

    Tuesday, 21 April 2020

    Standard Bank Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt believes Cricket South Africa (CSA) can be really proud of some of the players that progressed through the ranks over the past season, highlighting the fact that the talent was evident within the domestic structures.

    The likes of Anrich Nortje and Janneman Malan enjoyed breakthrough performances during a challenging summer in which the national team went through a serious transition in the form of a new coaching set-up.

    Graeme Smith, the recently appointed full-time Director of Cricket, brought in a new Team Director in Mark Boucher and a whole new coaching team back in December on the eve of their marquee tour against England.

    South Africa went on to lose the Test and Twenty20 Series, but drew the One-Day International leg. They then lost a T20 showdown with Australia, before bouncing back emphatically in the ODIs with a series whitewash

    Langeveldt, who was headhunted and brought into the set-up from his position as Bangladesh bowling coach, admits it has been a tough induction.

    “It’s been an interesting time coming back from Bangladesh,” he stated. “It’s always nice to coach your country. I think when it came to making the deal back then, Jacques Faul (Chief Executive Officer) and Graeme Smith were brilliant behind the scenes making it possible for the transfer to come through to South Africa. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) were also excellent and they were brilliant in releasing me.

    “It was never going to easy. We (the new coaching staff) started with the Test series against England in December and we didn’t have enough time as a team to gel.

    “England being England and having a settled team with guys who have played a lot more Test cricket together than us, we had a lot of youngsters coming into the team and into the set-up, that was really hard.

    “The guys played well in patches but as a unit we just couldn’t get it together. We got better in the limited-overs tours. Lungi Ngidi was excellent, Temba (Bavuma) and Quinny (Quinton de Kock) were also good. Against Australia Lungi again with the ball was fantastic and then Janneman was outstanding. Overall we were a lot better.”

    Despite opting to rest senior players in the white-ball contests, South Africa still managed to pull their weight and compete, something that former Proteas quick Langeveldt relished.

    ”I really enjoyed how we competed as a young bowling attack at an international level,” he beamed. “Anrich, Lungi, (Lutho) Sipamla, (Tabraiz) Shamsi, they all stepped up very well.

    “All-round everyone chipped in. Where we came from starting in December and where we ended up,I think Cricket South Africa can be really proud of what they did on a domestic level to get these players through. That’s where these players come from and they showed a lot of maturity which is a big plus for us going forward.”

    Langeveldt also feels that there is plenty more potential in the domestic cupboard, something the national coaching team were meant to explore during the final weeks of April.

    However, with COVID-19 striking, that has been placed on hold.

    “We are looking around for the up and coming fast bowlers,” the coach added. “We were supposed to have a camp starting on April 19 for six days, but that had to be cancelled because of the virus, but we are definitely looking because you always have to have replacements. There have been a few names that have popped up, Lifa Ntanzi, Gerald Coetzee, there’s Glenton Stuurman, Stefan Tait and then obviously Lutho Sipamla, whose been brilliant in the national set-up.

    “So there’s a few out there and these are the guys that will be the back-up for the national team and they are the ones we want to see.”


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    CSA release

    Following a lengthy disciplinary process involving Mr Clive Eksteen, the currently suspended Head: Sales and Sponsor Relations at Cricket South Africa (CSA), please note that this matter has now been concluded with the following outcomes and sanction:

    The Presiding Officer found Mr Eksteen guilty of transgressions of a serious nature and his relationship and employment with CSA has therefore been summarily terminated (summary dismissal) with immediate effect

    CSA assures all stakeholders that the rest of the outstanding disciplinary cases will also be concluded soon, so that the situation around these matters can soon be stabilised. We view the conclusion of this disciplinary matter as critical for our progression and as a necessary step towards ensuring that CSA enters a new trajectory of firmly focusing on serving the game of cricket.

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    Boucher is a world class coach. I'm sure he will develop some world class players.

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    NENZANI PROVIDES UPDATE ON INDEPENDENT FORENSIC AUDIT

    Tuesday, 16 June 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that the first part of the independent forensic audit as well as the investigation into suspended Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Thabang Moroe, is expected by the end of the week.

    Addressing a well-attended Tele-Press Conference on Tuesday evening, CSA President and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Chris Nenzani, shed light on a number of issues that the organisation was currently dealing with.

    He admitted that CSA had experienced challenges over the past few months but reiterated that the picture was a much better one compared to six months ago.

    “There are a few issues that we had hoped that we would have pronounced on by now, such as the outcome of the forensic audit and the conclusion of all disciplinary processes,” Nenzani stated.

    “Much to our huge disappointment, however, both at the level of the CSA Board and the Members Council (who instituted the independent forensic investigation), this has not happened.

    “For this, I ask for your absolute understanding that we have to complete this procedure in accordance with the strictest governance and legal provisions and this unfortunately has proven to be a time-consuming exercise.

    “I am pleased to announce that we have been promised the preliminary report from the Forensic Investigation by this Friday and I have every confidence that by the end of this month the Board will be able to refer the final report to the Members Council to decide the way forward.”

    Moroe was suspended in December 2019 pending the outcome of an independent forensic investigation into management practices at CSA.

    Nenzani provided some insight as to why the matter has been delayed.

    “Unfortunately, the forensic investigation did not start at the time we hoped. If you follow the sequence of events, we made the announcement on December 7 last year, but actually the forensic audit company was appointed towards the end of February and started work only in March.

    “This was not by design, it was because of the processes we needed to go through needed to be very elaborate and conclusive because the appointment of this investigation did not reside with the Board, but with the Members Council, the 14 Provincial Presidents.

    “The simple reason for that is because we said in the scope of the investigation, it must also look into the decision making within the Board itself. Therefore, the Members Council had to be the appointing authority in this instance and that together with a few other matters, like the experience of the lockdown, would have delayed things.”

    Last week, the South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) had expressed its dissatisfaction by the delay with the Moroe matter and Nenzani offered reassurances to them and other CSA stakeholders.

    “Our relationship with SACA is very important to us because it’s a relationship of necessity, it’s a mutually beneficial relationship and therefore it is important to us that at any given point in time we strive to make that relationship work. We understand their unhappiness on certain matters, but I think there are very few people that would have wanted us to flout procedures.”

    Nenzani also added that things were looking positive for CSA, praising acting Chief Executive Dr. Jacques Faul and Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith for their efforts over the past six months.

    “Compared to the crisis we had to endure at the end of last year I am able to report that we have moved forward to a much stronger position,” he concluded. “Tomorrow we will be announcing three new sponsors and there is a major fourth deal involving an international sponsor that will also be announced shortly.

    “All these contracts have been signed and I believe it represents outstanding work by our Acting CEO and staff that they have managed to secure these contracts in the current financial climate.”


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    3TCricket seems to be a bigger gimmick than "The Hundred" will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CleverSir View Post
    3TCricket seems to be a bigger gimmick than "The Hundred" will be.
    Seems they have a little bit of work to do....

    Statement from the partners in the Solidarity match


    Saturday, June 20, 2020


    The operational teams behind the Solidarity match and event partners in collaboration with Cricket South Africa, 3TCricket and SuperSport met to consider the readiness to host the event on 27th June. Following this meeting, it has become clear that more work is needed in preparation including approval.

    A new date will be announced in due course.


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    Seven people at Cricket South Africa have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the cricketing organisation revealed on Monday. CSA had conducted mass testing of over 100 employees throughout the country which included affiliate staff and some of the contracted professional players. The personnel tested also included the franchise training squads that had been assembled after the government announced that non-contact sport could resume in Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown.

    “We were definitely going to have people testing positive. Having conducted over 100 tests, seven is actually quite low,” CSA’s acting CEO Jacques Faul was quoted as saying by ‘Sport24’.

    Faul, though, did not reveal if the people who have tested positive had any South Africa player among them. “Our medical ethical protocol does not allow us to share info about people that have tested positive,” Faul said.

    Over nine million people have tested positive for coronavirus so far. From the cricketing world, former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza and former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi have also recently tested positive for the virus. In South Africa, Solo Nqweni, a First-Class cricketer who has been battling Guillan-Barre Syndrome since a year besides other health issues, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus last month.

    As governments across the world eased lockdown restrictions, South Africa looked set to resume cricket with the CSA announcing the launch of an innovative competition titled ‘3TCricket’, competition, Solidarity Cup, where three teams were to play in a single match at SuperSport Park in Centurion. However, the CSA then indefinitely postponed the tournament, scheduled for a June 27 start, saying that more work is needed to stage it.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/crick...gUNI7y8IN.html


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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has established the existence of and are in the possession of a fraudulent document claiming that Mark Boucher is a shareholder of 3TC Cricket. This information is incorrect, and it is emphatically pointed out that Mark Boucher is not a Director of this company. This document was maliciously sent to journalists to discredit Cricket South Africa (CSA), its employees, and, in particular, Mark Boucher. We will launch an internal investigation into the origin of this false and fraudulent document and will also lay criminal charges.

    It is very important that the person/s who act with the intent of harming cricket are exposed and rooted out of the game. We will leave no stone unturned to make sure that the malicious perpetrators face the full might of the law.

    Francois Pienaar, CEO of 3TC Cricket has confirmed that Mark is not a Director and that no other CSA employee is in any way associated with 3TC. Pienaar welcomes any forensic investigation into this initiative, should there be a need for anyone to look into and test this.

    Pienaar concluded that all profits raised for the once-off event will be donated to the hardship fund helping cricket people who have been affected by the pandemic.


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    CSA BOARD STATEMENT ON FORENSIC AUDIT

    Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    The Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) had its initial discussion of the first report of the commissioned Forensic Audit on Monday evening and will have a follow up meeting on Friday when they will take the actions necessary from its findings and recommendations.

    There has been a slight delay in the delivery of the final report, and it is anticipated that this will be received during the course of next week.

    “I would like to stress that the Board is treating this matter with urgency and is committed to bring it to immediate conclusion,” commented CSA President and chairman of the Board, Mr. Chris Nenzani.

    “We will certainly be able to act on the issue of the suspended Chief Executive on the basis of the first report,” concluded Mr. Nenzani.


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    and yet having Misbah, Waqar, Younis, and Mushtaq is having too many cooks in the kitchen.

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    DE KOCK AND WOLVAARDT HONOURED WITH CSA’S TOP AWARDS

    Saturday, 4 July 2020

    Quinton de Kock and Laura Wolvaardt received the highest accolade that Cricket South Africa (CSA) has to offer when they were named SA Men’s and SA Women’s Cricketer of the Year in their respective categories at CSA’s virtual awards ceremony which was held on Saturday evening.

    The traditional gala ceremony was not possible because of the Corona Virus lockdown but it did not stop the CSA family celebrating the occasion in a suitable manner.

    It was a truly memorable occasion for both Quinny and Laura as they were honoured in three different categories. De Kock was also named Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year and was honoured by his peers as SA Men’s Players’ Player of the Year.

    Wolvaardt was also named Momentum Proteas ODI Cricketer of the Year and was voted SA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year.

    De Kock joined the elite company of those who have been named SA Men’s Cricketer of the Year on two occasions as he was previously honoured in 2017. The other double winners of CSA’s most prestigious men’s award are Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011), Makhaya Ntini (2005 and 2006), Hashim Amla (2010 and 2013), AB de Villiers (2014 and 2015) and Kagiso Rabada (2016 and 2018).

    The other previous winners since the awards were instituted in 2004 are Shaun Pollock (2007), Dale Steyn (2008), Graeme Smith (2009), Vernon Philander (2012) and Faf du Plessis (2019).

    Wolvaardt becomes the youngest winner of South Africa’s top women’s award at the age of 21 years and two months with Sune Luus being just two months older when she won the award in 2017.

    In an important first for gender equality two of the awards – the SA Fans’ Cricketer of the Year which was decided by an online poll and the KFC Streetwise Award – were contested by both the Proteas men and Momentum Proteas women’s players. The former award went to David Miller in a tight contest which was only decided in the final week and the latter was won by Mignon du Preez for her brilliant six hit that virtually clinched South Africa’s victory over England at this year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

    It played a critical role in getting the Proteas through to the semi-finals and was also South Africa’s first ever victory over England in a major ICC women’s tournament.

    The other big winners in the men’s national awards were Lungi Ngidi who was named both Standard Bank Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year and Standard Bank Men’s T20 International Cricketer of the Year, and Anrich Nortje who was not only named Men’s international newcomer of the year but also won the RAM Delivery of the Year award for his dismissal of David Warner in the third ODI at Senwes Park.

    The other top award in the women’s category went to Shabnim Ismail who was again named Momentum Proteas T20 International Player of the Year while the theme of youthful winners continued with 19-year-old Nonkululeku Mlaba being named International Women’s Newcomer of the Year.

    “Quinny and Laura have set the highest standards that we expect from our icon Proteas players,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive, Dr. Jacques Faul. “Quinny is the leading wicketkeeper/batsman in Test cricket and is, in fact, one of the leading batsmen in both red ball and white ball cricket. He is also starting to emerge as an outstanding leader as witnessed by the Proteas clean sweep of Australia in their recent ODI series.

    “Laura was named in the tournament select XI at the conclusion of the ICC Women’s World T20 which tells us a great deal about the esteem in which she is held at international level. At the age of 21 her best years are ahead of her and she will be a key player when the Momentum Proteas go to the ICC Women’s World Cup next year.

    “It is good to see the number of young players starting to dominate at international level as we move into a new era following the retirement of some of the game’s legends. Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi have ensured that our fast bowling stocks remain among the best in the world.

    “It is an important sign of the changing face of cricket that for the first time our best men’s and women’s players competed on a level playing field for some of the awards and Mignon du Preez’s achievement in being named winner of the KFC Streetwise Award is a very significant one. She has been a wonderful servant of the game for a long period of time and her performance in reaching the milestone of 100 T20 International caps deserves special mention.

    “Our domestic cricket remains blessed with great talents and congratulations to all the winners in those categories as well.

    “I warmly congratulate all our winners, both at international and domestic level, and I also wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge our umpires, grounds staff and scorers, too.”

    Grant Roelofsen of the Hollywoodbets Dolphins was one of two big winners in the Professional Awards: Domestic category, being named Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the season and Domestic Players’ Player of the season. George Linde of the Cape Cobras was also a double winner, being named Four-day Domestic Series Cricketer of the Year and the SACA Most Valuable Player (MVP)

    The other winners were Wandile Gwavu of the Imperial Lions (Pitchvision Coach of the season) and Wandile Makwetu of the VKB Knights (Domestic Newcomer of the season).

    The Mzansi Super League awards went to Tabraiz Shamsi of the Paarl Rocks as Mzansi Super League Impact Player of the Year and to Janneman Malan of the Cape Town Blitz as Mzansi Super League Young Player of the Year.

    The provincial category winners were: Lerato Kgoatle (CSA Provincial T20 Cricketer of the Year), Beyers Swanepoel (CSA Provincial Three-Day Cricketer of the Year), Ruan de Swardt (CSA Provincial One-Day Cricketer of the Year) and Richard das Neves (Pitchvision Provincial Coach of the Year).

    In the operational category Adrian Holdstock did the double of both the CSA Umpire of the Year and the CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year.

    The CSA Fair Play award went to the Warriors and the CSA Scorers of the Year award to the Central Gauteng Lions.

    AWARD WINNERS

    PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: NATIONAL

    SA Men’s Cricketer of the Year: Quinton de Kock

    SA Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Laura Wolvaardt

    Standard Bank Test Cricketer of the Year: Quinton de Kock

    Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year: Lungi Ngidi

    Standard Bank T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Lungi Ngidi

    SA Men Players’ Player of the Year: Quinton de Kock

    SA Fans’ Player of the Year: David Miller

    KFC Streetwise Award: Mignon du Preez (six hit v England, T20 World Cup)

    RAM Delivery of the Year: Anrich Nortje (dismissal of David Warner, 3rd ODI)

    International Men’s Newcomer of the Year: Anrich Nortje

    International Women’s Newcomer of the Year: Nonkululeko Mlaba

    SA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year: Laura Wolvaardt

    Momentum Proteas ODI Cricketer of the Year: Laura Wolvaardt

    Momentum Proteas T20 Cricketer of the Year Shabnim Ismail


    PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: DOMESTIC

    CSA Provincial T20 Cricketer of the year: Lerato Kgoatle (Limpopo)

    CSA Provincial Three-Day Cricketer of the year: Beyers Swanepoel (Northern Cape)

    Pitchvision Provincial coach of the year: Richard das Neves (Easterns)

    CSA Provincial One-day Cricketer of the year: Ruan de Swardt (Northerns)

    MSL Impact Player of the year: Tabraiz Shamsi (Paarl Rocks)

    MSL Young Player of the year: Janneman Malan (CT Blitz)

    Four-day Domestic Series Cricketer of the Season: George Linde (Cape Cobras)

    Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Season: Grant Roelofsen (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)

    Pitchvision Coach of the Season: Wandile Gwavu (Imperial Lions)

    Domestic Players’ Player of the Season: Grant Roelofsen (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)

    Domestic Newcomer of the Season: Wandile Makwetu (VKB Knights)

    SACA Most Valuable Player Award: George Linde (Cape Cobras)



    PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: OPERATIONS

    CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year: Adrian Holdstock

    CSA Umpire of the Year: Adrian Holdstock

    CSA Scorers Association of the Year: Central Gauteng Lions

    CSA Fair Play Award: Warriors


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    CSA BOARD STATEMENT ON FORENSIC AUDIT AND NORTH WEST CRICKET ADMINISTRATION

    Wednesday, 08 July 2020

    The Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) is perturbed by the misleading opinions that have recently been expressed in certain sections of the media and wishes to put the correct facts on record.

    We refer specifically to the media reports on terms of reference for the forensic audit and the administration of North West Cricket.

    “CSA does not ordinarily respond to matters it is handling that have been reported in the Media,” commented CSA President and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Chris Nenzani, “but it feels obliged to set the record straight.”

    Terms of reference of the forensic audit and investigation

    The CSA Board has not changed the terms of reference of this investigation. In fact, the Members’ Council commissioned the forensic investigation and this has been formally communicated . It follows that the Board cannot make changes to the terms of reference because it does not have the authority to do so. Given that the first part of the report has been concluded, the Board needed authorisation from the Members’ Council to access the report in order to execute the actions it needs to take, using that report as a point of departure.

    The Members Council has given the Board the required authority and the Board is engaged in the task at hand and will very soon inform its stakeholders accordingly.

    North West Cricket Administration

    The report in this regard has been referred to our lawyers to consider and advise CSA on its findings. The lawyers are busy with this task and CSA will act on its recommendations.


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    CSA statement on COVID-19 tests performed ahead of 3TC

    Tuesday, 14 July 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) can confirm that approximately 50 COVID-19 PCR tests were performed on players, coaches, support and venue staff during the period of 10 to 13 July at various venues across the country, in preparation for the 3TeamCricket match that will be taking place on Saturday, 18 July 2020. This in line with our commitment to the Department of Sport, Art and Culture, as well as the Department of Health to ensure a safe environment for all participating in the game.

    Six positive results were returned but none among any of the participating players. They have been managed by the CSA Medical team according to the current Department of Health & National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) guidelines. The contact tracing has been done also in accordance and management strategies have been put in place according to these guidelines. Our medical team has and will continue to regularly follow up with them to ensure their well-being.

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    CSA Acting CEO condemns breaches of confidentiality and unethical leaks to media

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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) Acting Chief Executive Dr. Jacques Faul has expressed his concern about the numerous leaks of confidential information that have been published in the media in recent weeks, adding that their origin will be investigated.

    “We fully acknowledge – and appreciate – that there is massive public interest in the sport of cricket, but we need to be mindful that the detail of Board meetings, employment contracts, and correspondence within the company is confidential information, as it would be in any other company,” he explains.

    “We are concerned that information is being leaked to members of the media who are being drawn into agendas to manipulate public perception, and to destabilise and damage Cricket South Africa

    Faul added that CSA will investigate the origins and causes of these leaks, to protect the integrity of the organisation.

    “Cricket South Africa is committed to adhering to governance requirements, which include respecting and guarding the privacy and confidentiality of its employees, contractors, and that includes people that have unsuccessfully applied for positions within the organisation,” Faul adds.

    “Cricket South Africa condemns anyone who leaks incomplete or inaccurate information to the media in the furtherance of their own interests, at a time when Cricket South Africa should be focused on addressing the impact of COVID 19 on the game of cricket and pressing matters raised by players within the Black Lives Matter context – and not on disruptive agendas.

    “People who indulge in this sort of behaviour are not only putting their own jobs at risk but also those of the more than 1000 people employed by cricket clubs and franchises across the country, as well as the many thousands of others that work in the cricket industry,” he concludes.


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    MR. NENZANI RESIGNS AS CSA PRESIDENT

    Monday, 17 August 2020

    Please be advised that Mr. Chris Nenzani has resigned as the President of the Members’ Council and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) with effect from the 15th of August 2020.

    Mr. Nenzani has led Cricket South Africa with dedication and astutely since 2013. Mr. Nenzani has provided valuable leadership, insight, assistance and direction in advancing the game of cricket with a focus on achieving transformation and access for the majority of the South African population.

    On behalf of Cricket South Africa’s Members’ Council and the Board of Directors we thank Mr. Nenzani for his contributions to Cricket South Africa and for being a loyal servant to the game of cricket. We wish him well in his future endeavours and we are sure that he will continue to contribute to the game of cricket.

    Cricket South Africa notes that a new President and Chairman will be appointed at the annual general meeting scheduled for the 5th of September 2020.

    Mr. Nenzani has confirmed that he will avail himself to a Press Conference following the successful conclusion of the CSA AGM.


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    CSA APPOINTS ACTING PRESIDENT

    Monday, 17 August 2020

    The Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) notes that following the resignation of the President of the Board of Cricket South Africa, the Members' Council has announced that Beresford Williams will fill the role of acting President until the AGM set for the 5th of September 2020.

    Further, the Board advises that Acting CEO, Dr Jacques Faul, has decided to end his secondment with immediate effect, which secondment was due to terminate on the 15 of September 2020. Dr Faul has put in place a detail transitional plan that will ensure the organisation makes a seamless transition to a new Acting CEO, that the Board will advise on shortly. The Board is for ever grateful for the outstanding commitment and leadership that Dr Faul has made and continues to make to CSA and the game of cricket.


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    Reading this thread backwards it seems there is quite a lot of housekeeping going on. Good. There are far too many useless people in CSA. They have consistently failed, and have proven they are unable to manage the sport in SA.

    Pity they are playing the race card against Biff with a non-cricket, non-South African issue. He is an arrogant man and I don't much like him, but it's probably just the rats scattering, fighting for the their lives.

    Maybe we'll have a World Cup soon.

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    CSA APPOINTS ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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    JOHANNESBURG - SOUTH AFRICA: The Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the appointment of Kugandrie Govender as Acting Chief Executive Officer of CSA, with immediate effect. This comes amidst the resignation of its former Acting Chief Executive Officer, who resigned yesterday, 17 August 2020. “We are pleased to announce Kugandrie Govender’s appointment as Acting Chief Executive of CSA. She is a multifaceted executive leader with more than 23 years’ experience in the corporate sector and currently holding the position of Chief Commercial Officer at Cricket South Africa,” said Acting President of CSA’s Board of Directors, Mr. Beresford Williams.

    Acting President of CSA’s Board, said: “We believe that Kugandrie is the right person to drive the organization forward during this period. Her experience has more than prepared her to fulfill this role with excellence, we are confident that she will propel the many strategic initiatives that CSA undertakes, to inspire and unify our stakeholders, partners, and employees, to continue the work of building the reputation of Cricket and more importantly Cricket South Africa, so as to contribute to its sporting competitiveness.”

    “CSA’s mandate is to ensure that cricket is an inclusive sporting code for all South Africans. It is important to improve our reputation both locally and internationally. This is a critical time for our organisation and crucial for key stakeholders to work together to improve the rating of cricket among those who love, support, and follow the sport and those who have trust in the sport's ability to unify all South Africans. We will work hard to improve the levels of pride amongst our stakeholders and I am humbled to be a part of the collective that commits itself to ensure that CSA is a federation of which South Africans are proud,” said Kugandrie Govender.


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    CSA CRISES THREATEN FUTURE OF THE GAME

    The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) today highlighted that the crises that currently engulf Cricket South Africa (CSA) threaten the very existence of the game in South Africa.

    SACA has consistently called for certainty and consistency in the governance and management of the game. The sudden resignation of both the President and Acting-CEO is clear evidence that cricket in South Africa is at war with itself.

    Andrew Breetzke, SACA CEO stated; “Mr Nenzani owes all stakeholders an immediate explanation as to why he has stood down a mere three weeks before the CSA AGM, after he had refused to do so over the previous eight-month period despite calls to do so from key stakeholders within the game. Together with the sudden resignation of Dr Jacques Faul as acting-CEO, one can only deduce that the Board of Directors has yet again reached a level of dysfunctionality that threatens the existence of the game in our country.”

    SACA has engaged directly with players over the past few weeks, and there is a growing realisation amongst players that their careers as professional cricketers are being threatened by the very organization that should be nurturing them.

    CSA must show leadership in dealing with the various crises facing the game; the transformation and discrimination crisis that has come to the fore over the past two months; the resumption of domestic and international cricket under COVID-19; the finalization of the disciplinary matter of the suspended CEO; the forensic investigation; and the forecast deficit which has the potential to financially cripple the game.

    “Instead of facing these crises, CSA is embroiled in destructive politics at Board and Management level. It is evident that cricket is unable to self-correct. With the CSA AGM looming, the reality is that a number of Affiliates have crises of their own, and it is these structures that provide leadership to CSA. Many of the administrative challenges confronting the game are as a result of administrators failing to adhere to principles of corporate governance. Before we see the total collapse of the game of cricket there needs to be a leadership intervention at Board and Management level that is able to stabilize and transform both the game and the business of cricket” added SACA President Omphile Ramela.


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    CSA APPOINTS ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Wednesday, 19 August 2020

    JOHANNESBURG - SOUTH AFRICA: The Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the appointment of Kugandrie Govender as Acting Chief Executive Officer of CSA, with immediate effect. This comes amidst the resignation of its former Acting Chief Executive Officer, who resigned yesterday, 17 August 2020. “We are pleased to announce Kugandrie Govender’s appointment as Acting Chief Executive of CSA. She is a multifaceted executive leader with more than 23 years’ experience in the corporate sector and currently holding the position of Chief Commercial Officer at Cricket South Africa,” said Acting President of CSA’s Board of Directors, Mr. Beresford Williams.

    Acting President of CSA’s Board, said: “We believe that Kugandrie is the right person to drive the organization forward during this period. Her experience has more than prepared her to fulfill this role with excellence, we are confident that she will propel the many strategic initiatives that CSA undertakes, to inspire and unify our stakeholders, partners, and employees, to continue the work of building the reputation of Cricket and more importantly Cricket South Africa, so as to contribute to its sporting competitiveness.”

    “CSA’s mandate is to ensure that cricket is an inclusive sporting code for all South Africans. It is important to improve our reputation both locally and internationally. This is a critical time for our organisation and crucial for key stakeholders to work together to improve the rating of cricket among those who love, support, and follow the sport and those who have trust in the sport's ability to unify all South Africans. We will work hard to improve the levels of pride amongst our stakeholders and I am humbled to be a part of the collective that commits itself to ensure that CSA is a federation of which South Africans are proud,” said Kugandrie Govender.
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    INTERIM CHANGES AT CSA

    Tuesday, 25 August 2022

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the appointment of Ms. Lucy Davey as Acting Head of Communications and Media with immediate effect.

    This comes in the wake of recent movements in the organisation’s personnel, with Kugandrie Govender and Thamsanqa Mthembu moving to caretake in other critical areas of the business, namely Acting CEO and Acting Chief Commercial Officer respectively.

    “It’ s a huge opportunity. I am looking forward to leading our dynamic media and communications team and continuing the standard of operations set out by our team,” commented Davey.

    These recent assignments form part of the much-needed organisational adjustments and are geared towards ensuring the renewal of brand Cricket South Africa and the revitalisation of cricket in South Africa, for the benefit of cricket fans, sponsors and our key and expanded stakeholders.


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    CSA Announces the Termination of Employment of its CEO, Thabang Moroe

    Thursday, 27 August 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced today that its Board of Directors (the "Board") resolved to terminate the employment of Mr. Thabang Moroe as Cricket South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer. This termination of employment is with immediate effect.

    Cricket South Africa’s decision was based on expert external legal opinion supported by the findings emanating from an independent forensic investigation. The independent forensic investigation revealed that Mr. Thabang Moroe had committed acts of serious misconduct which warranted the sanction of dismissal.

    Mr Thabang Moroe was offered sufficient opportunity to provide representations to the independent forensic auditors and to the Board regarding the allegations of misconduct, which opportunity he failed and/or refused to utilise.

    Ms. Kugandrie Govender will continue in the acting chief executive officer role until such time as Cricket South Africa recruits a chief executive officer.


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    Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza is named as Transformation Ombudsman

    Friday, 28 August 2020

    Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza has been unveiled as the ombudsman of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) project that was formally launched at Olympic House, SASCOC, in Johannesburg on Friday.

    The announcement marked a key milestone following the preliminary details given by the Transformation Committee of the CSA Board first made known last month.

    Advocate Ntsebeza, who will be the face of the Office of the Transformation Ombudsman, will be tasked with managing an independent complaints system that will look at the healing, restoration and uniting process of cricket players, fans, and the nation, starting with the former players.

    Amongst his other tasks will be to convene a National SJN Imbizo and provide assurance regarding the extent to which transformation programmes are impactful on society. Further responsibilities will include setting up The Restoration Fund – to deal with opportunity cost due to discrimination – and the implementation of the Diversity, Belonging and Inclusivity (DIBS) program.

    Speaking at the formal launch, which was held with only 50 attendees present in line with COVID-19 restrictions, CSA Independent Director and Transformation Chair, Dr Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw, said the SJN project was a key step towards rectifying some of the wrongs of the past.

    “This is not only significant for cricket, but for the entire nation,” she said. “It is a national project and we hope it will help those who have been hurt due to discrimination heal quicker. What this means to all of us, to those affected, is that CSA is heading in the right direction. It’s not enough just to talk, but action is required and I think this is a step in that direction.

    “It is also a sign that shows what may have been conceived as impossible can be considered as doable. I want to believe that as the cricket community we have the ability to find common ground and deal with the pains of the past.”

    Advocate Ntsebeza is a renowned and highly sought-after public speaker both locally and internationally. An attorney, advocate and acting judge, amongst other things, he is a former political prisoner, who was imprisoned in 1976.

    The Advocate, whose SJN ombudsman office will be based at Olympic House in Houghton, served as a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1995. He was appointed chancellor of the University of Fort Hare in January 2017.

    CSA Acting President, Mr. Beresford Williams, said: “Today I can boldly say that despite the challenges CSA has endured, we are committed to a new path anchored on the mandate set out by the Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building project

    “We owe it to the former players, coaches and administrators and the general public, to act decisively. We need to ensure the ills that may have been inflicted on them are not extended to the next generation.

    “As the board of CSA, we took the country into our confidence and accepted responsibility for not establishing adequate channels for reporting of acts of racism and discrimination at the time that they occurred. We acknowledge this oversight and apologise to the cricket stakeholders with a promise that we will immediately strive to remedy what happened in the past.”

    CSA also announced a strong list of former players as ambassadors for the project. They are Monde Zondeki, Gary Kirsten, Lance Klusener, Geoffrey Toyana, Makhaya Ntini, Marcia Letsoalo, Shandre Fritz, Nolubabalo Ndzundzu and Dinesha Devnarain.

    They will assist with, amongst other things, identifying and mapping appropriate channels for enhancing public awareness on SJN, building relationships with key stakeholders and help promote unity and reconciliation.

    “We need the ambassadors, former players and many others to help us with this,” Dr. Kula-Ameyaw added. “We have them with us as part of the project and they are the builders who are part of the process. They will help us roll out things out in every corner of the country and I would like to thank them for accepting this responsibility.”


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    Proteas Player Statement

    As Proteas cricketers, we are proud to be representatives of South Africa. We have reached the pinnacle of our playing careers and we strive for excellence every time we walk onto the field. We play for every South African.

    This year has been challenging. COVID has already cost our teams tours to the West Indies, Sri Lanka and England, and we are all hoping that the Proteas Men we will be able to commence the international season against England in the summer.

    However, as Proteas players, both men and women, we are concerned about the future of our game. At Board and Operational level, Cricket South Africa has lurched from crisis to crisis over the past year. Issues such as suspensions, dismissals, resignations, forensic audits, confidential leaks, litigation and financial mismanagement have dominated the cricket headlines. This is happening at a time when we are having challenging conversations about transformation, and in an environment where the financial viability of the game is under major threat.

    High standards are expected of us as players. To succeed as Proteas teams, we know we have to put aside personal differences and work together. We require the same of our administrators. Politics and self-interest appear to trump cricket imperatives and good governance. Decisions must be made that are in the best interests of cricket, failing which the game we love may be irreparably damaged in this country. The Proteas teams must be strong, the domestic structure must be strong, and the transformation pipeline must be strong – we demand that this be the focus of the CSA Board and Operational Team.

    The CSA AGM scheduled for 5 September 2020 has now been postponed. This may be the last chance we have to change direction and save the game. As Proteas we demand that all stakeholders heed our sincere plea.

    Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Anrich Nortje, Ayabonga Khaka, Beuran Hendricks, Chloe Tryon, Dané van Niekerk, David Miller, Dean Elgar, Dwaine Pretorius, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Lungi Ngidi, Marizanne Kapp, Masabatha Klaas, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Sune Luus, Tabraiz Shamzi, Temba Bavuma, Trisha Chetty, Tumi Sekhukhune

    The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) is the players’ union of South Africa’s professional cricketers. It represents over 309 players comprising of the Proteas (men and women) teams, the franchise teams and the provincial teams. It is run by the players, for the players and is the collective voice of South Africa’s professional cricketers.


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    Proteas batsman, Rassie van der Dussen is looking forward to the return of international cricket where the team can once again assemble and continue working on the foundation that has been laid for the establishment of their new culture.

    An extended 32-man, High Performance squad featuring Proteas contracted players, those who are regular features in the national team and the South Africa A team, as well as players who have been identified as in the plans for the near future, concluded the first national team culture camp in 10 years last week where they agreed on a new way forward, with an updated values system that held Respect, Empathy and Belonging as their prevailing top pillars.

    “The overall feeling was very positive,” Van der Dussen commented this week. “Having had a few months off and time to reflect after our last few series against England and Australia it was good to come together with everyone on a clean slate and it was good to discuss a new way forward and to really go in-depth into some topics that were sorely needed at this time.

    “Performance was discussed at length. I’m very excited and enthusiastic about what’s lying ahead for us as a Proteas team. We found a commonality that’s really quite inspiring and I can’t wait to get going and to apply it and to start living it and start working out game plans around it and transforming the way that the Proteas will play and be seen going forward.

    “There were some very difficult topics discussed at the camp,” he continued. “The credit must go to CSA and the coaching and management staff for creating that platform and environment for everyone to feel safe and to be able to tell the stories and bring to light the issues that were in everyone’s hearts.

    “I was pleased with the willingness of the squad to have open conversations, it’s very important for people to firstly, understand each other – there are different backgrounds, different cultures, different races and religions – in a country as diverse as ours.

    “It’s important to open your mind and have a broad view of everything that’s important to everyone before you make a stand in terms of where you place those characters. It was great to see that everyone felt comfortable and that we had a platform where everyone could be honest with one another without being judged.”

    One of the main topics of discussion was transformation and the different lived experiences of players from different backgrounds. The objective was to create an environment where understanding and empathy would prevail as a result of teammates getting a window into one another’s experiences.

    “It’s extremely important to have discussions around race, the country’s history and transformation. In South Africa, you cannot afford to be oblivious to the past and in my opinion, it almost borders on ignorance if you don’t go to the effort to research the history of our country – the good and the bad,” the 31-year-old explained. “When we get to a place where everyone can make an informed comment and is educated in these aspects, people can then come to a place where there’ll be a lot more empathy, more understanding and the way forward will be a lot clearer.”

    Van der Dussen gave a break-down of the values system’s three pillars as well as the reasons why the team decided upon them. He said:

    “Respect, empathy and belonging are the pillars of the values system that’s been put in place. Respect for your team, for yourself, for your environment, for the people you get in contact with, the people who look after you, the people who support you, our supporters, the man on the street and basically living the Proteas way in your day-to-day life, in everything that you do. Upholding that standard as an ambassador of your country and an ambassador of the Proteas badge.

    “Empathy, is understanding. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s very important for everyone to understand our country, understand what’s happening in our country at the moment, understand the past and everything that transpired. Understand different cultures, religions, races and understanding different stories from different people and players and realizing that it doesn’t matter which race you are, which culture or religion you are, your story might still be different to someone else’s and the reason you believe in somethings and live your life a certain way. We are all products of our environments growing up, and it’s really important to understand and respect each other’s stories

    “Belonging is creating an environment where people can come in and feel comfortable from the word ‘go.’ They can feel like they are in an environment where they can speak their mind, where they can be themselves, where they don’t have to be scared to speak up and state their opinion or say what makes them comfortable or uncomfortable. It’s creating an environment where you’re in a team, but it feels like you’re part of a family and even though you’re away from home, it feels like you’re with your family and you are at home. Belonging goes hand in hand with being comfortable and when you’re comfortable as a person or as a player, that’s when the best comes out of you.”


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    TRANSFORMATION NOT EXCLUSION IS THE KEY PILLAR OF CSA

    Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    CSA has noted with much sadness, the recent media reports about the organisation’s position on transformation and with specific reference to the use of consultants and particularly white consultants. While we respect the opinions currently doing rounds in the public domain and including some media reports that continue to give coverage to this issue, we want to confirm that CSA has not taken and will not take a decision to work exclusively with black consultants. These stories are factually incorrect.

    Transformation has always been one of the five pillars on which Cricket South Africa (CSA) is built. It is indeed a national imperative that is legally embedded in our constitution. It is, therefore, imperative that we constantly remind ourselves of its importance in the way in which we conduct our business.

    The media reports around the statements made by our Acting Chief Executive are not a correct reflection of the sentiment that CSA had sought to convey. CSA therefore reiterates that it does not have a policy of excluding any racial grouping, in favour of the other. As part of our corporate business model, CSA has adopted and also subscribes to the country’s BBBEE Act and Affirmative Action policy. What this means is that CSA has a moral and legal obligation to implement these two prescripts, while still embracing the need for all South Africans to live their cricketing dreams regardless of background, culture or ethnicity and this includes the services that we procure from external service providers.

    Our view is that transformation is not just about our human capital which we value very highly but covers all areas of our operations. A good example has been the transformation of our business model to provide essential sustainability not only to Cricket South Africa but to its affiliate members and franchises.

    What we know and have engendered into our business philosophy is that NO business can hope to thrive or grow if it does not extend its appeal to all South Africans and broaden its potential market. Therefore, we acknowledge that diversity is a strength not a weakness. As a democratic and non-racial institution CSA is well aware of the need to provide equality and quality of opportunity to all and we do also emphasise that this has to be seen in the context of our unhappy history that for more than a century had deprived the majority of our population from living their cricket dreams both on the field of play and in many other areas.

    CSA regrets that current coverage of our intention to convey this important issue.


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    CSA announce High-Performance management team

    Thursday, 10 September 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) is proud to announce its High-Performance management team which will work in alignment with the Proteas men’s and women’s coaching staff in ensuring a steady flow of talent reaches the national team when needed.

    The objective of CSA’s High-Performance programme is to create a world-class, high-performance environment that results in the development of top-level cricket players in all forms of the game.

    To this end, CSA is pleased to name the signing of the following individuals to roles that will assist in achieving the organization’s vision of making cricket a truly national sport of winners that is accessible to all:

    CSA Acting Head of Cricket Pathways: Edward Khoza
    South Africa A and National Academy Lead: Malibongwe Maketa
    SA Under 19 Men’s Lead: Shukri Conrad
    High-Performance Manager and Bowling Lead: Vincent Barnes
    High-Performance Batting Lead: Neil McKenzie
    SA Under 19 Women’s and Women’s National Academy Head Coach: Dinesha Devnarain
    Chief Medical Officer: Dr Shuaib Manjra

    CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith is delighted that the organization has succeeded in making such big strides in appointing individuals that will play important roles in achieving the goals of producing cricket players that will make up high-performing national teams in both the Momentum Proteas women and the Proteas men. The appointments of Malibongwe Maketa and Shukri Conrad will give the South Africa A and South Africa U19 programmes a more settled structure and way forward.

    Smith said: “Malibongwe has been involved in South African cricket for a very long time, I think he’s one of our outstanding coaches and I was really glad that he applied for the job and put his name in the hat. With the team of High-Performance coaches around him, he has got a real opportunity to strengthen the pipeline. The other thing about Malibongwe is that he has had a number of years with the national team and has worked in the A-team position as well. He is not only a really good coach, he is a good man, so I’m excited that he’ll be leading that department.

    “The goal is to make sure that South African cricket is strong. We’ve got a really powerful group of cricketers coming through that can only strengthen the national side and can challenge players in the national team. I feel that Malibongwe and the other High-Performance coaches can provide that and also develop the game.

    “Shukri has been around South African cricket also for a lengthy period of time, at franchise level, in High Performance and the A team. I like Shukri’s style; he’s old-school, he’s to the point and gets the job done. I think at that level, his coaching expertise and knowledge of the game is going to be key. The other thing is talent identification, I think that’s a real strength of Shukri’s ability as a coach and he’s got good support (in the form of scouts).

    “Even before I arrived in December last year, there’s been a big investment into the women’s game. Trying to strengthen it not only financially, but in the domestic and under-19 structures. We’ve appointed our first full-time U19 Academy coach in Dinesha Devnarain and now the U19 World Cup is around the corner. When you invest in these programmes, you have to be patient, you have to develop them and it takes time to get to a level, but there’s always expectations and we hope that our U19 team will be successful and do well. That’s the goal.”

    Smith had glowing words in his description of Khoza, expressing his pleasure in working with a member of the cricket pipeline that boasts as much knowledge and experience as he does.

    “Edward Khoza is a man who has been involved in cricket in South Africa for a very long time and we’ve worked extremely closely together since my arrival,” he continued. “He’s got a lot of knowledge on the pathways and the fact that he’s been put into that position – I’m very excited about that. I don’t think I could have a better person in that position. He’s well liked, he’s a hard-working man, he loves the game of cricket and he’s principled as well and the work that he’s put in at all those levels which is a big job – the cricket services department is a huge entity – having someone like Edward, his knowledge is a huge benefit to Cricket South Africa and we’re lucky to have him.

    “We’ll all sit down as a group and debate and work on our way forward and try and align as closely as we can to the national teams as we can – in terms of culture, in terms of performance, in terms of what’s needed – to hopefully push us to a level where our national teams are the best in the world, that they’re winning World Cups, that we’re bringing talent through and we’re transforming at a level that will be acceptable to everybody. Those are the goals with these appointments,” Smith concluded.

    Khoza, who has moved from his role of heading up the Cricket Services department, also expressed his joy in the progress he and Smith have made in the appointments of these strategic roles. Speaking on the critical nature of the roles that the appointees will perform, particularly as CSA continues to finalize its return to play arrangements, he said:

    “We’re quite privileged to be announcing top-quality coaches in our environment under our revised High-Performance structure (Maketa, Conrad, McKenzie and Devnarain). These guys will be leading the process in terms of ensuring that CSA reaches its objective of making sure that we can close the gap between international cricket and the domestic game. They will be mainly focussing on working with the best 48 players in the country in support of the franchise coaches to ensure that these identified players are prepared well and that they are ready for international cricket.

    “We are fortunate that Malibongwe Maketa is the SA A and National Academy head coach, but outside that he will be working across the High-Performance structure. This is to ensure that we share knowledge between the High-Performance coaches. Malibongwe is quite an experienced coach with a Proteas background and a high level of franchise experience, and it’s important that a guy like that is working across our next-best talent. He will also be assisting the national women’s team where and when his expertise will be required.

    “The SA U19s, as individual players have done exceptionally well in the last six years under Lawrence Mahatlane. We saw the emergence of players like Wandile Makwetu and Sinethemba Qeshile as examples of some of the young talent that has come through who are currently playing franchise cricket. As a unit, we’ve failed to deliver on the field of play. Shukri has worked with the Academy players for quite some time under CSA and we feel he has the necessary expertise to make sure that he can take us to the next level. We want to make our mark and redeem ourselves at major ICC competitions.

    “The women’s space was not complete, if you think that there was no major ICC event for that U19 age group. When the ICC announced that we would be having an U19 ICC T20 competition, it boosted our retention strategy because now we can keep players in the game for longer.

    “What we are now looking to do is to make sure that we seamlessly put up a process in place that can mirror what we are doing with the boys’ pathway, where we will have talent camps for the girls as well and we have also appointed a dedicated coach for the U19s as well as National Academy for women in Dinesha Devnarain. We believe that she has done well enough for KZN Inland to deserve such a position at CSA and we feel that she will do well in boosting the next generation of women’s cricketers.

    “Our ideal scenario is to look at women coaching women and this is part of the platform that we have started with in creating real sporting opportunities for women that have played the game and can serve the game better,” Khoza concluded.
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    CSA announce High-Performance management team

    Thursday, 10 September 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) is proud to announce its High-Performance management team which will work in alignment with the Proteas men’s and women’s coaching staff in ensuring a steady flow of talent reaches the national team when needed.

    The objective of CSA’s High-Performance programme is to create a world-class, high-performance environment that results in the development of top-level cricket players in all forms of the game.

    To this end, CSA is pleased to name the signing of the following individuals to roles that will assist in achieving the organization’s vision of making cricket a truly national sport of winners that is accessible to all:

    CSA Acting Head of Cricket Pathways: Edward Khoza
    South Africa A and National Academy Lead: Malibongwe Maketa
    SA Under 19 Men’s Lead: Shukri Conrad
    High-Performance Manager and Bowling Lead: Vincent Barnes
    High-Performance Batting Lead: Neil McKenzie
    SA Under 19 Women’s and Women’s National Academy Head Coach: Dinesha Devnarain
    Chief Medical Officer: Dr Shuaib Manjra

    CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith is delighted that the organization has succeeded in making such big strides in appointing individuals that will play important roles in achieving the goals of producing cricket players that will make up high-performing national teams in both the Momentum Proteas women and the Proteas men. The appointments of Malibongwe Maketa and Shukri Conrad will give the South Africa A and South Africa U19 programmes a more settled structure and way forward.

    Smith said: “Malibongwe has been involved in South African cricket for a very long time, I think he’s one of our outstanding coaches and I was really glad that he applied for the job and put his name in the hat. With the team of High-Performance coaches around him, he has got a real opportunity to strengthen the pipeline. The other thing about Malibongwe is that he has had a number of years with the national team and has worked in the A-team position as well. He is not only a really good coach, he is a good man, so I’m excited that he’ll be leading that department.

    “The goal is to make sure that South African cricket is strong. We’ve got a really powerful group of cricketers coming through that can only strengthen the national side and can challenge players in the national team. I feel that Malibongwe and the other High-Performance coaches can provide that and also develop the game.

    “Shukri has been around South African cricket also for a lengthy period of time, at franchise level, in High Performance and the A team. I like Shukri’s style; he’s old-school, he’s to the point and gets the job done. I think at that level, his coaching expertise and knowledge of the game is going to be key. The other thing is talent identification, I think that’s a real strength of Shukri’s ability as a coach and he’s got good support (in the form of scouts).

    “Even before I arrived in December last year, there’s been a big investment into the women’s game. Trying to strengthen it not only financially, but in the domestic and under-19 structures. We’ve appointed our first full-time U19 Academy coach in Dinesha Devnarain and now the U19 World Cup is around the corner. When you invest in these programmes, you have to be patient, you have to develop them and it takes time to get to a level, but there’s always expectations and we hope that our U19 team will be successful and do well. That’s the goal.”

    Smith had glowing words in his description of Khoza, expressing his pleasure in working with a member of the cricket pipeline that boasts as much knowledge and experience as he does.

    “Edward Khoza is a man who has been involved in cricket in South Africa for a very long time and we’ve worked extremely closely together since my arrival,” he continued. “He’s got a lot of knowledge on the pathways and the fact that he’s been put into that position – I’m very excited about that. I don’t think I could have a better person in that position. He’s well liked, he’s a hard-working man, he loves the game of cricket and he’s principled as well and the work that he’s put in at all those levels which is a big job – the cricket services department is a huge entity – having someone like Edward, his knowledge is a huge benefit to Cricket South Africa and we’re lucky to have him.

    “We’ll all sit down as a group and debate and work on our way forward and try and align as closely as we can to the national teams as we can – in terms of culture, in terms of performance, in terms of what’s needed – to hopefully push us to a level where our national teams are the best in the world, that they’re winning World Cups, that we’re bringing talent through and we’re transforming at a level that will be acceptable to everybody. Those are the goals with these appointments,” Smith concluded.

    Khoza, who has moved from his role of heading up the Cricket Services department, also expressed his joy in the progress he and Smith have made in the appointments of these strategic roles. Speaking on the critical nature of the roles that the appointees will perform, particularly as CSA continues to finalize its return to play arrangements, he said:

    “We’re quite privileged to be announcing top-quality coaches in our environment under our revised High-Performance structure (Maketa, Conrad, McKenzie and Devnarain). These guys will be leading the process in terms of ensuring that CSA reaches its objective of making sure that we can close the gap between international cricket and the domestic game. They will be mainly focussing on working with the best 48 players in the country in support of the franchise coaches to ensure that these identified players are prepared well and that they are ready for international cricket.

    “We are fortunate that Malibongwe Maketa is the SA A and National Academy head coach, but outside that he will be working across the High-Performance structure. This is to ensure that we share knowledge between the High-Performance coaches. Malibongwe is quite an experienced coach with a Proteas background and a high level of franchise experience, and it’s important that a guy like that is working across our next-best talent. He will also be assisting the national women’s team where and when his expertise will be required.

    “The SA U19s, as individual players have done exceptionally well in the last six years under Lawrence Mahatlane. We saw the emergence of players like Wandile Makwetu and Sinethemba Qeshile as examples of some of the young talent that has come through who are currently playing franchise cricket. As a unit, we’ve failed to deliver on the field of play. Shukri has worked with the Academy players for quite some time under CSA and we feel he has the necessary expertise to make sure that he can take us to the next level. We want to make our mark and redeem ourselves at major ICC competitions.

    “The women’s space was not complete, if you think that there was no major ICC event for that U19 age group. When the ICC announced that we would be having an U19 ICC T20 competition, it boosted our retention strategy because now we can keep players in the game for longer.

    “What we are now looking to do is to make sure that we seamlessly put up a process in place that can mirror what we are doing with the boys’ pathway, where we will have talent camps for the girls as well and we have also appointed a dedicated coach for the U19s as well as National Academy for women in Dinesha Devnarain. We believe that she has done well enough for KZN Inland to deserve such a position at CSA and we feel that she will do well in boosting the next generation of women’s cricketers.

    “Our ideal scenario is to look at women coaching women and this is part of the platform that we have started with in creating real sporting opportunities for women that have played the game and can serve the game better,” Khoza concluded.
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    Boucher enthusiastic about the new Proteas way

    Monday, 21 September 2020

    Proteas men’s Head Coach, Mark Boucher has emphasised the importance of his young team forging ahead with their new vision when they return to play in what he hopes will be the near future.

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) is currently working tirelessly to bring a return to play and finalize dates for both the domestic and international seasons after more than six months of no action due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The 2019/20 campaign was prematurely ended in March when the virus forced Boucher and his charges to cut short their limited overs tour to India, whilst local cricket also ended abruptly a few days later.

    Everyone has mainly been anxiously tied down at home eversince, but the Proteas did manage to hold a long-time planned culture camp at Skukuza in Mpumalanga in the middle of August.

    “It’s been interesting times for everyone,” the national coach said. “We were always meant to have a bit of a break… but no one thought in their wildest dreams that it would be this long, so to have all the guys in one place at the same time was really nice, just to catch up.”

    The former Proteas wicketkeeper said that the camp was key for him and Assistant Coach, Enoch Nkwe to have the players lead with laying the foundations for a new identity for their young squad of players.

    “It was important for this team to create a new identity. It (just) happened a little bit later than expected,” Boucher continued. “It was good to have a deeper squad as well, I haven’t really been given the opportunity to meet a lot of them personally so it was really nice to catch up with them – see a couple of new faces and see a couple of old faces, spend a bit of time together and get into the nitty-gritties about where we want to go as a team.”

    Boucher says he and Nkwe feel the next generation of Proteas have the capability to grow and mature quickly.

    He continued: “The one thing about the way myself and Enoch want to try and drive this team is to have players take ownership and responsibility for their team. We had really good mediators who came in. It wasn’t about the management; it was really about the players getting a couple of things off their chests and being open and honest. There were some really difficult topics at times, but for me it showed that we as a team might be young, but we are growing quickly.”

    The Proteas Test squad has lost a significant number of experienced players in the recent past, with the likes of Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, JP Duminy and Dale Steyn all retiring. They have dropped to sixth in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings and are ranked fifth in the two white-ball formats.

    Boucher says he wants to see an improvement in their global standing.

    “It’s all about performance and that’s key for me,” he explained. “We don’t want to be a nice group of guys and be eighth in the world. I’d rather be a challenging group of guys and be competing for the number one spot and they all want that as well which is great to hear. We’re all aligned in the right direction, and although it’s all still words, we still need to go out there and try and live it, rather than have it be words coming out of our mouths. I’m happy that the players are happy, but now the hard work starts.

    “We want to get on the field and start playing. It’s been a long break, I don’t think the players have had this long a break since school days. Although they’ve been practicing, you (as a coach) want to put that practice into match experience. A few guys have moved over to the IPL, so they’ll be happy that they’ll get some game time.”

    With the country dropping down to lockdown Level One from this week, a return to cricket within the boundaries of South Africa appears to be in sight.

    Boucher added: “My biggest hope for the national team when we do get back to playing again is that we really drive the vision that they’ve (the players) put out for themselves. I do believe that we’ve got the talent to do that and if we play in that sort of way, I have no doubt that there’s going to be success.

    “We’re going to make some mistakes – we’re a young team – but as long as we keep learning from those mistakes, we will become a better unit. The players are keen to try something different in order to get different results, especially when we go to big tournaments.”

    A topical conversation in many cricket circles in South Africa has been about the appointment of a new Test captain. Boucher has said that while he has had discussions with the relevant people at CSA and in the team structure about possibilities, they ultimately need to wait for the appointment of the Convenor of Selectors to assist in the process.

    He said:

    “We’ve had a lot of conversations and a lot of time to think about what we want to do. Unfortunately, at this stage, we need a convenor (of selectors) to come in as well and hopefully the convenor will be elected soon. It’s a discussion that will be had and probably debated amongst a few people. We’ve addressed it in small-talk and we’ve been given the opportunity to have a lot of time to think about the decision.

    “We’ll look to select someone else for the Test role. One of the things that we’ve learned from a side like England is a guy like Eoine Morgan comes in and he’s got a lot of time to plan because he’s not involved in the Test team. So, when he goes away from white ball cricket, he’s got an opportunity to sit down and plan, so when they sit down as a white ball team again, there’s a very clear direction of where they want to go. Sometimes when a player and especially the captain is involved in all three formats, it can be an automatic swap from format to the other because there’s not a lot of time in between. So that’s the positive, you get a captain who can sit down and really plan what he wants and he can try drive that vision to the players and it gives you some freshness when there’s a short turnaround time between the formats.

    “I think Quinny’s (Quinton de Kock) workload is pretty high,” he continued. “He showed good results in the T20s and the One-Dayers that he’s taken over. The last conversation I had with Quinny around this topic was in India where he felt that the workload was going to be a little high for him. Whoever is the captain will probably use Quinny’s brain to good effect as a keeper, you see things from probably the best angle. I’m sure he’ll add a lot of value just being Quinton de Kock within the Test team,” Boucher concluded.


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    ELGAR PREDICTS HIGH INTENSITY DOMESTIC SEASON

    Tuesday, 20 October 2020

    Momentum Multiply Titans batsman Dean Elgar is expecting a strong and intense start to the 4-Day Franchise Series when the new season kicks off in a little under two weeks.

    With no international cricket currently scheduled, nearly all the Proteas players are expected to be available for the start of South Africa’s domestic programme, which is seeing the sport also return for the first time since it was prematurely ended by the COVID-19 pandemic more than seven months ago.

    The lockdown in between kept everyone tied down at home, although normality is slowly starting to return following the phased lifting of restrictions in the last few weeks.

    Elgar concedes there were pros and cons of not having to play cricket, but he feels the time is now right to return to play again.

    “I think I speak on behalf of most of our players if not all of them as well as the coaching staff when I say it’s been frustrating,” he said. “We’ve been putting in some really good work these last few months and we’re just excited to start playing again.

    “It has been quite a long one and also an enjoyable one being home and spending time with your loved ones. But I do feel that it’s now time to get back on the park again.

    “So with the first ball to be bowled on 2 November, I have no doubt everyone is going to be raring to go.”

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has been working tirelessly during the winter to try and get the game back on its feet again following the delays and abandoned tours that were forced by the coronavirus. The domestic fixtures were finally confirmed on October 9 when it was announced that only four-day franchise cricket will be played in 2020, with the season then moving ahead full-scale from January 2021.

    It means that all the focus will be on the first-class game and Elgar feels this will only help improve the quality of cricket. “Pretty much all the Proteas will be back at this stage, bar those in the IPL, so there’s no doubt it will add further intensity and strength to the game,” he said. “I think the competition is going to be pretty strong.

    “It’s exciting and I’m sure a lot of franchise cricketers are also waiting for their opportunity to showcase what they have to offer to the set-up. I’m sure once it does get going then the cricket’s going to be very good.”

    Opener Elgar did not play a single four-day match for the Titans last year due to his busy international schedule with the Proteas.

    This time around, however, there is a good chance he will be available for at least the opening five or six games.

    “I can’t remember when last I was available to play so many four-day games,” he added. “If I look back to last year, I don’t think I played any games because we had various tours that we had and now it looks like we’re basically going to be available for close to the whole four-day competition.

    “As it stands, we’re going to be available for the whole season for the Titans. But I’m just keen to get out there and bat and that’s what I am most looking forward to at this stage.”

    The Titans are in Pool A for the newly structured red-ball campaign, alongside the Warriors and Cape Cobras, who they are up against at Newlands in Cape Town for round one.

    The 2020/21 season will be formally launched at Hammanskraal, near Pretoria, on Thursday.

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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to announce that Victor Mpitsang has been appointed as the new National Convenor of Selectors. The position is a full-time appointment which will commence on 02 November 2020.

    Mpitsang’s cricket career features two One-Day International appearances for the Proteas before injury curtailed his international ambitions. He bounced back and ended his career with 103 First-Class, 100 List A and 23 T20 matches under his belt when he announced his retirement in 2012.

    Retirement from playing the game did not end his interest, however. The 40-year-old who hails from Kimberley, has an impressive record of roles that that span various areas of the cricket landscape over the last eight years.

    He began with a position as scout for the schools cricket programme in search of the next few generations of South Africa under-19s (SA U19s) before moving on to become the bowling consultant for the Momentum Proteas women. He coupled that with a selector position for the South Africa Universities programme and assistant coach of the SA U19s before stepping into the role of selector and eventually, Convenor of selectors for the same team, unearthing future Proteas, some of whom include Lutho Sipamla, Wiaan Mulder and Kyle Verreynne. Other young, up and coming players who came through during his time in the role include: Wandile Makwetu, Thando Ntini, Gerald Coetzee, Raynardt van Tonder, Akhona Mnyaka and Matthew Breetzke. All of this was over and above his current position as cricket commentator for CSA’s broadcast partner, SuperSport.

    CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith is pleased with the choice that he and the interviewing panel have made. He said:

    “The role for the National Convenor of Selectors is an incredibly important one, which is why the process of appointing the eventual candidate has taken so long. We needed to be certain that we have left the role in the safest hands possible and Victor’s credentials speak for themselves.

    “He has made it his business to know the ins and outs of cricket after his playing days, from KFC Mini-Cricket, all the way to the senior Proteas men’s and women’s teams. His experience as a coach in our various development programmes means that he has the kind of knowledge and context that was crucial in our chosen candidate.

    “I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings to the role and the stamp that he will put on our national teams and I know he is excited to get down to business as soon as he possibly can.”

    Mpitsang is delighted to be appointed and expressed his eagerness in getting started at the beginning of next month.

    “It’s an honour to be called up for this role,” he commented. “For the last eight years since my retirement, I have consciously looked to learn as much as I can about this game and I have put in many hours gaining that knowledge and experience.

    “When you retire from playing you always hope you can stay in and around the game somehow and make a positive contribution in some way no matter how small. I have been incredibly fortunate to have received the opportunities that I have in the past and to have learned how things work from admin to playing and coaching.

    “I’m really looking forward to this next chapter and all that it brings. The Proteas teams are a vital part of the cricket eco-system and there are areas that need our immediate attention, which I’m itching to get started on,” Mpitsang concluded.

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    Cricket South Africa have announced an action-packed international schedule for the men's team with series against England, Sri Lanka, Australia, and Pakistan.

    The international cricket season will resume in South Africa with a white-ball series against England, comprising of three T20Is followed by as many ODIs, starting 27 November. Both series will be played across two cities, Cape Town and Paarl.

    The ODIs will form a part of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League and South Africa will be featuring in the competition for the first time while England, who have already played two series against Ireland and Australia, currently sit atop the standings table.


    South Africa will be hosting Sri Lanka next for a two-match ICC World Test Championship series – the Boxing Day Test (26-30 December) in Centurion and the New Year's Test (3-7 January) in Johannesburg.

    Australia are scheduled to tour South Africa for a three-Test affair in February next year, while Pakistan will round-off the South African summer with three ODIs and as many T20Is in April 2021.

    The schedule for the series against Australia and Pakistan will be announced in due course.

    South Africa 2020-21 season (confirmed fixtures):

    England

    27 November, 2020 – 1st T20I, Newlands, Cape Town
    29 November, 2020 – 2nd T20I, Boland Park, Paarl
    1 December, 2020 – 3rd T20I, Newlands, Cape Town
    4 December, 2020 – 1st ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
    6 December, 2020 – 2nd ODI, Boland Park, Paarl
    9 December, 2020 – 3rd ODI, Newlands, Cape Town

    Sri Lanka

    26-30 December, 2020 – 1st Test, SuperSport Park, Centurion
    03-07 January, 2021 – 2nd Test, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1878737


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    Definetly my best day in the office. I enjoyed a nice whisky that night!”

    The relief in Graeme Smith’s voice is palpable. He was, of course, referring to the day when National Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa approved the incoming England tour.

    There have not been many reasons for Smith, nicknamed Biff for his build and ability to hit the ball hard, to haul out his finest brown water since being appointed Cricket SA’s first Director of Cricket last year. Or at least not many celebratory causes.

    Smith has always been a strongwilled individual. Some would even call him stubborn. It was the DNA required in his previous chosen occupation where a shiny, hard red piece of leather was hurled at him at over 150km/h from 22 yards. And even more when the nation’s hopes were placed on his adolescent shoulders.

    But even those challenges would not have adequately prepared him for his “DOC” role during these unique COVID-19 times. And if that fire wasn’t hot enough, Smith was chucked bang into the eye of a raging race storm that was burning up South African cricket while CSA’s Board and the country’s highest sport body, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) were at loggerheads to put it mildly.

    “We have all been dragged into stuff over the last few months that have been very stressful. My ultimate goal though is to get our cricket back on track and getting our teams playing well. I am really just focused on getting that work done. Covid protocol has fallen under my department, so I really took a decision on getting my head down and focusing on that. I am excited that the cricket is starting again and that our work done over the last month is starting to pay off and we’re ready to go,” Smith exclusively told IOL Sport.

    After some of the darkest winter months that South African cricket has ever endured, the clouds are slowly beginning to lift with the appointment of a new interim board and there is a genuine sense that summer is finally on the horizon.

    The 4-Day Domestic series starts tomorrow which will certainly allow the franchise players to shed their lockdown frustrations. And not that any further motivation was required to perform, but there is certainly plenty to play for due to a bumper Men’s international season pending, starting with the England tour later this month followed by Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan.

    “It was wonderful to get that (domestic cricket) up and running also. We have seen rugby and football working well. A lot of effort went into getting that done. My sense is that the players are hungry to play again. They are motivated and I hope that would reward us with some outstanding performances,” the former Proteas skipper said.

    “I think four-day cricket gives players a good chance to get time in their legs, build an innings and confidence. Sometimes T20 is a difficult format to get going in. I think the four-day competition allows our top players to get in, play some tough cricket, get a bit more battle-hardened. For me, one of the concerns is that England have been playing cricket consistently and our national team haven’t played together for a long period of time. Just getting our players up to that level to win matches at international level is a challenge. The more competitive cricket we put together now, the better. I am very relieved that we have some exciting cricket for the men. Now it is about securing more content for the women as well.”

    It certainly is top of Smith’s agenda to get Dane van Nierkerk’s Proteas women’s team playing again. Covid19 arguably wounded the women’s game indelibly after a bumper home series against world champions Australia and tours to England and the West Indies were postponed.

    At least the women’s team has a brilliant leader in Van Niekerk though. The Proteas Men’s Test side are still rudderless after Faf du Plessis’ decision to renounce his leadership stripes and join the rank and file after the series defeat to England at the start of the year.

    “We have started those discussions now that Victor (Mpitsang, convenor of selectors) has been appointed. I didn’t want to do anything until we had a convenor of selectors in place. I wanted him to form part of that discussion. We are having lots of debates going about it. I won’t say we’re any closer, but we are getting to a point where we need to make a decision,” Smith admitted.

    Smith’s diary is certainly over-flowing. In between daily consultation with CSA’s medical team checking on Covid-19 protocols and trying to find the best “bit of outdoor living” to ensure the players’ mental health in their bio-secure environments, he hasn’t even had time to chat with “Abbas” over his Proteas future in a while.

    He’s just “chuffed” that De Villiers and the rest of the Proteas like Du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are flying the South African flag with distinction at the

    Indian Premier League in the UAE. More pressing for Smith is trying to get IPL benchwarmers Lungi Ngidi and Dave Miller home soonest in order for them to prepare for the England series. “I’ve had chats about Lungi with Flem (Stephen Fleming, Chennai Super Kings coach).”

    At least all the “chats” are cricket focused and trying to do what’s best for the game in South Africa. And for the moment, that’s a blessing Smith is not taking for granted.

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    Lights, camera, action! Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday announced an exciting long-term agreement with Willow TV which will see the Proteas Men’s and Women’s cricketing teams again making an appearance on television screens across the USA, Canada and Mexico.

    The deal comes after months of negotiation with one of the United Kingdom’s biggest broadcasters, Times Internet (UK) Limited, who, five years ago, acquired US-based cricket broadcaster, Willow TV International Inc.

    "Willow TV's goal is to serve cricket fans in the U.S. and Canada with the best cricket from around the globe", says Willow TV SVP Operations, Todd Myers. "Our continued relationship with Cricket South Africa allows us to do just that by showcasing CSA's world class players and competitions exclusively across all of Willow TV's platforms."

    Having partnered with the pay TV channel from 2012 to April 2020, Willow TV remains
    devoted to airing international cricket events including live and recorded matches and other cricket-related programming. With a footprint stretching across North America, the deal will allow South Africans living abroad to watch the Proteas’ matches live, and will introduce cricket to new viewers in these countries.

    “We are thrilled about this four-year partnership with Willow TV, and excited to showcase the cream of our cricketing talent to North American cricket fans. This is an important milestone not only for Cricket South Africa but also a victory for our players, who will gain added exposure internationally,” said CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Kugandrie Govender.

    The key commercial terms set out in the agreement include broadcasting all the Proteas international men’s and women’s cricket for the 2020/21-2023/24 seasons in full via either TV- or Digital Transmission.

    “Cricket South Africa remains steadfast in our pursuit to develop, uplift and improve the game of cricket, not just for our players and domestic fans, but also for avid cricket enthusiasts all over the world. We are proud of this partnership with Willow TV, which demonstrates CSA’s commitment to furthering the game in the best interest of all our stakeholders,” concludes Govender.


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    Over the last six months, the Proteas team has engaged with honesty, empathy and vulnerability in exploring together what anti-racism work looks like and why this work matters so profoundly in this cultural moment.

    Together, we are exploring the making of race historically, the ways racialized identity was used to create hierarchies of privilege and discrimination in South Africa and the ongoing legacy of colonialism and Apartheid. Together, we are exploring the development of Black Lives Matter in the sphere of sport, starting with the kneeling of American football quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, in the US. Together, we are unpacking the historical and political context in which BLM grew in the US. Together, we are exploring the significance of taking the knee and a raised fist in the air as symbols of protest, and how and why these have spread globally as well as their significance in the South African context.

    We are committed to continuing to do this work together. The team firmly believes:
    - that a commitment to dismantling racism and the ongoing legacy of racialized inequality is a process, not an event;
    - that what is required is for us to commit to be anti-racist, not simply non-racist;
    - that this work starts with us individually and us as a team;
    - that our capacity to listen well to one another, to hear differing perspectives, and to express empathy and understanding matters greatly;
    - that we must use our platform to address injustice, to oppose racism and to champion racial justice.

    Earlier this year, in the 3Team Cricket (3TC) exhibition match on 18 July we (the players) took the opportunity to show solidarity to the BLM campaign by taking the knee before the start of play. The decision to do so was unanimously taken by us and supported by CSA. Many of us, as well as those who did not take part in the 3TC match, also took the opportunity to express our support for BLM on our personal platforms on social media and in interviews with the media.

    As a team, we have unanimously chosen not to take the knee at the upcoming matches, but to continue to work together in our personal, team and public spaces to dismantle racism. This decision was taken by the team collectively, after deep dialogue and attentive consideration. This is not a decision compelled on us by either our management or our coaches. Let us be clear, our team decision on not taking the knee does not indicate that we do not care about racism, racial equality, or justice. Now, more than ever, we are committed to this work.

    Our first job is to play cricket for the country but we are also citizens of this country. The Proteas team is a community within the wider Community of South Africa. The conversations that are happening in the country as a whole are conversations we must be engaging with as a team. The issues that are facing the country as a whole are issues that must matter to us as a team.

    Likewise, the actions and decisions we take as a team, have impact on the country as a whole. We do not take this responsibility lightly. We ask in turn that our wider community honours the process we have engaged in over the last six months, the hours of rigorous conversation and dialogue we have had with one another, the many workshops we have participated in sharing our stories, our experiences and our opinions, and the ongoing commitments we have made to continue this journey. This work has been honest, vulnerable, and personal. We are building commitments to one another and demonstrating ways of engaging that we simply never have before as a team. We are building a team culture based on open and frank conversations, creating real and sustainable change, as well as embodying our team values of Belonging, Empathy and Respect.

    We respect the right of the media to hold the team accountable as citizens. We ask though that in doing so the media not threaten the journey we have embarked on, the trust we have built, and the work we are doing by sowing contention around our decision.

    On 11 November, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would embark on five days of national mourning for the victims of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and COVID-19. We, the Proteas, have taken the decision to answer the call by wearing black armbands during our next games, which fall during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. This is an act of solidarity in response to a particular issue that the country is focussing its attention on during the next two weeks.


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    CSA AND SABC ANNOUNCE CRICKET BROADCAST DEAL

    Friday, 27 November 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have announced an exciting broadcasting deal for the upcoming inbound tour of South Africa. The national broadcaster will broadcast live cricket matches of the cricket tour between the Proteas and their fiercest rivals, England, Sri Lanka, Australia, and Pakistan.

    The tour kicks-off with England from 27 November 2020 – 9 December 2020, when the world champions will take on Marc Boucher’s charges in three Twenty20 matches and three One-Day International (ODI) games, with all encounters taking place in the Western Cape.

    The Proteas then face Sri Lanka in the unmissable test series starting on boxing day, from 26 December to 30 December at SuperSport Park in Centurion followed by the 2nd test from 3 – 7 January at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

    In January and February 2021, the Proteas and Australia line up once more to renew their rivalry in a three (3) match test series. Times and venues are yet to be announced.

    The inbound tour will be wrapped up against Pakistan, taking place in March/April 2021 with three (3) x ODIs and three (3) x Twenty20 matches played. The final dates and venues for this series are also yet to be announced.

    “One important feature of our vision for South African cricket is to grow the game and ensure that it is accessible to all and the SABC platforms make this possible,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Ms Kugandrie Govender.

    “This route will allow us to reach the greater South African public who are just as keen for live cricket and to rally behind the Proteas. This partnership proved to be a huge success in previous years as has always been reflected by the official viewership figures. We are truly delighted that this is possible in the turbulent year that it has been, and look forward to a brilliant summer of cricket”, added Govender.

    The SABC Sport GM, Mr Gary Rathbone further added; “We are proud to renew our relationship with Cricket South Africa. It is a relationship which has allowed both organizations to inspire the next generation of the Proteas, in a manner that no-one else could. It has been some ten (10) months without a game of live cricket on our TV and Radio platforms. With this tour, SABC will put our audiences in the front row seat of the game they love, since they cannot be at the stadiums.”

    SABC3 TV and Radio 2000 will provide live coverage of all matches, and there will be further coverage on SABC’s various radio platforms following the fierce rivalry between the Proteas and their nemesis.


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    Jacques Kallis appointed England’s batting consultant for Sri Lanka series

    ECB on Monday announced the appointment of former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis as the batting consultant for the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
    Updated: Dec 21, 2020, 17:30 IST
    By Asian News International, London

    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday announced the appointment of former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis as the batting consultant for the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

    While Carl Hopkinson has been named as fielding coach, former New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel has been named as spin bowling consultant. England Cricket’s official Twitter handle released the list of appointments on Monday. Coaches for England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka are as follows.

    Head Coach: Chris Silverwood, Assistant Coach: Paul Collingwood, Wicketkeeper Consultant: James Foster, Fielding Coach: Carl Hopkinson, Batting Consultant: Jacques Kallis, Bowling Coach: Jon Lewis, Spin Bowling Consultant: Jeetan Patel

    Earlier, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer were rested for England’s tour of Sri Lanka as ECB named a 16-man squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka. England and Sri Lanka will play two Tests with the first one starting on January 14.

    The England series against Sri Lanka was postponed in March this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the rearranged tour will now be held behind closed doors in Galle. Rory Burns too will miss the red-ball tour as his wife is expecting their first child during the second week of January.

    Ollie Pope, who is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in September during the Test series against Pakistan, will join the squad and continue his rehab in readiness for the four-match Test series against India starting in February.

    After Sri Lanka, England will lock horns in a four-match Test series against India slated to begin from February 5 in Chennai. Archer and Stokes will return for England in the red-ball series against India.

    England Test Squad: Joe Root(c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

    Reserves: James Bracey, Mason Crane, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Robinson, Amar Virdi.

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    You would've thought South Africa would have been at the forefront to utilise his services, but perhaps the quota system is at play

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    Good appointment. Kallis had unflappable temperament and could prove to be a really good coach.

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    Good news, England can only benefit, hope Kallis teaches them some stickability and may even get Rooooooot past his fifty problem.

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    Kallis has all the makings to be a top class coach. Boucher deserves the South Africa job, but if I was an international side I would try to get Kallis as a batting coach or head coach.

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    Zak Yacoob, the interim Board Chairperson of Cricket South Africa (CSA), has been forced out of his job after his verbal tirade against a journalist went viral. Yacoob faced widespread criticism after he repeatedly insulted the journalist who wanted him to respond to allegations against him.

    South African Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa asked interim Board member Dr Stavros Nicolaou to take over despite an unreserved apology from Yacoob, who would have served out his term by mid-February.

    Mthethwa had appointed the interim Board after an impasse between him and CSA after many previous Board members and senior management resigned within just a few months, thrusting the cricket authority into an administrative crisis. The minister said the decision to replace Yacoob was taken as a cautionary measure to safeguard the work already done by the Interim Board to turn around CSA.

    “This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, to safeguard the tremendous work done by the Interim Board, under his stewardship,” Mthetwa said.

    Yacoob reacted angrily in a telephone discussion with TimesLIVE journalist Tiisetso Malepa.

    “You are a dishonest, irresponsible idiot. You are a rogue and dirty journalist. I prefer not to answer your questions and to air my views when the enquiry comes up,” Yacoob said in the lengthy call, which was shared on social media and printed in the Sunday Times.

    The enquiry that Yacoob was referring to was a disciplinary hearing against suspended Acting CEO of CSA Kugandrie Govender, who will face three counts of alleged misconduct. Govender in turn has lodged grievances of allegedly being treated unfairly by Yacoob.

    'Stunned'

    TimesLIVE reported on Wednesday that Mthethwa was “stunned” after he read the Sunday Times and then listened to the audio. “I met the judge and expressed to him my disappointment with how he had conducted himself. I informed him that he would have to go,” Mthethwa told TimesLIVE.

    “Later on when I met the board, I made it clear that there must

    https://sportstar.thehindu.com/crick...33682143.ecebe circumspection and [they must be] respectful when dealing with the media,” Mthethwa added.


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    Kallis wasn’t kept on by CSA because of the colour of his skin - how is this acceptable in this day and age?

    Kallis said: "I wasn't allowed to be involved with South Africa any more because they said there would be no more white consultants.

    "So, unfortunately, that fell away and I took this opportunity with England with both hands.

    "I suppose it's the way of our country. A lot of players have fallen away because of the need for players of colour to be involved.

    "There are many coaches who have gone on to other teams.

    "It's sad I can't help out South Africa but we understand where those rules come from."
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    JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to announce the appointments of Temba Bavuma and Dean Elgar as captains of the Proteas men’s team in the limited overs and Test formats respectively.

    Bavuma will lead the Proteas in the 2021 and 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cups as well as the ICC Men’s World Cup in 2023. Elgar will take the reins into the next cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.

    CSA’s Director of Cricket (DoC), Graeme Smith said: “We are grateful to Quinton for the work he has put in as captain of the team in the limited overs formats and are indebted to him for stepping up while the National Selection Panel continued its search for the Test captain. We expect him to still play an integral role in the team’s leadership group.

    “We as CSA are pleased with the appointments of Temba and Dean and believe that we have the men who will lead the Proteas back to their winning ways of old. The pair bring the required stability in both leadership and form to turn the ship in the direction that will eventually bring trophies back to the cabinets.

    “Temba has been a strong and influential voice in the team in recent times and has shown consistency on the field in all formats, solidifying his place as a leader. He also has the trust and backing of the players and coaches around him. We are excited to have him lead the Proteas in the upcoming T20 World Cups as well as the 2023 World Cup in India. He will also be the Test team’s vice-captain, working closely with Dean to ensure continuity and stability in the squad.

    “Dean has made no secret of his Test captaincy ambitions over the years and we are pleased to have a leader who is ready, willing and able to step up to the massive task of turning our Test cricket fortunes around. His role as a leader in the Test team has never been in doubt and I know that he relishes the prospect of captaining the Test team. We are confident that he will bring the same grit and determination to his captaincy as he has brought to his many performances on the field over many years.”

    Bavuma is honoured and delighted to lead the Proteas for the first time. He said: “Captaining the Proteas has been a dream of mine for many years as those closest to me would know. This is one of the greatest honours of my life so far and I am looking forward to picking up where Quinny (de Kock) has left off in leading the team into the new culture that we have developed and continue to work on.

    “The responsibility of captaining one’s country is not one I take lightly, and I am looking forward to this new challenge and journey with Dean in the Test cricket format, as well as leading the team to not just one, but three ICC World Cups in the very near future.”

    Elgar echoed Bavuma’s words in his statement, saying: “I’ve always said that to captain your country in any form of the game is the biggest honour that a player can be fortunate to receive. To captain my country’s Test team, which I believe to be the pinnacle of the game, is the biggest highlight of my career and I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent my country in such an important way.

    “Temba and I know more than most the challenge that we have ahead of us in returning the Test squad back to its winning ways, but I know that we’re both more than ready for the task at hand. I’m looking forward to bringing stability back into the team and laying a solid foundation for us to be able to accomplish the ambitions we all have to see the Proteas go back to the world’s number one spot in all three formats.”


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    JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to announce the Proteas men’s and Momentum Proteas women’s squad players to be awarded national contracts for the 2021/22 season.

    The men’s international programme includes two ICC T20 World Cups in October and November of 2021 (India) and 2022 (Australia) along with a historic, full limited overs tour to Ireland in July of this year.

    The upgrade system will again be in place this year. Those players selected for the Proteas during the 2021/22 season who are not contracted can qualify for a performance-based National Contract upgrade.

    The major upcoming engagement for the women’s team is the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in March and April.

    CSA is delighted to confirm that the women’s contracts have increased from 14 to 15 players, while it has been decided to remain with the 16 men’s contracts, keeping the 17th open, giving players the opportunity to qualify for it through performance.

    Lara Goodall is the 15th player who has been awarded a women’s team national contract after consistently good performances throughout the last couple of seasons, while Heinrich Klaasen receives his maiden men’s team contract.

    “It is a matter of great pride that CSA has increased the number of women’s contracts from 14 to 15 for the very first time,” CSA Acting Chief Executive, Mr Pholetsi Moseki, commented. “We are confident that the number of selected players for both the men’s and women’s teams is sufficient to maintain them across the formats in which they participate.

    “We are about to enter into a very import cricket season with ICC World Cup events for both the men’s and the women’s teams and we are confident that we have the correct personnel and necessary depth within the system to produce teams that will challenge the best in the world in the coming 12 months.

    “On behalf of CSA, I would like to congratulate Lara Goodall and Heinrich Klaasen on their newly awarded contracts. Their performances on the field of play as well as the way they have carried themselves off the field has done the talking for them and we are pleased to reward the hard work that they have put in,” Mr Moseki concluded.


    CSA Contracted Momentum Proteas Women’s Players

    Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Trisha Chetty (KZN Coastal), Nadine de Klerk (Western Province), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Lara Goodall (Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (KZN Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (Western Province), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Ayabong Khaka (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Lizelle Lee (North West), Suné Luus (Northerns), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Chloe Tryon (KZN Coastal), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province).


    CSA Contracted Proteas Men’s Players

    Temba Bavuma (white ball captain, Imperial Lions), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (red ball captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions).


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    No JP Malan,Wian Mulder, or Hamza on that list. They should all be regular for South Africa and they don’t have national contracts. Klassen getting 1 is interesting, he will probably get a run in all formats.

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    Proteas coach Mark Boucher says he's not concerned by public perceptions surrounding his team's performances. The Proteas lost the fourth T20 against Pakistan on Friday by three wickets. Boucher though understands they will be under pressure to produce results.

    Proteas coach Mark Boucher said he is not concerned by public opinion surrounding his team's performances. In losing Friday's fourth T20 against Pakistan by three wickets, the Proteas were subjected to another T20 series defeat.

    In what can be seen as a seven-match engagement between South Africa and Pakistan home and way, the Proteas have lost 12 out of 16 T20 matches. When they toured Pakistan, they lost the Test and T20 series and when Pakistan came to these shores, they did the limited-overs double.

    The reverses have led to mounting public criticism directed at Boucher, whose coaching ability, tactical direction and selection plans have been questioned. Boucher said the players are the most important stakeholders and they are the ones who are driving the team's forward processes. "If I had to worry about public opinion all the time, I would have hung myself a long time ago," Boucher said. "I believe we've stuck to our guys with what we think is the right way to go. We spoke to the players and they were the ones who came up with the way we want to play and that's a nice position for us to be in." On the flip side, Boucher though understands why the national team must win, especially with a World Cup on the horizon. After the spectacular 2019 Cricket World Cup implosion, the Proteas are expected to turn the corner even though the results haven't been forthcoming.

    "We understand that the public wants us to win and we will be sticking to our guns. We're looking forward to getting our full-strength team back so we can start building towards the World Cup and make the country proud," Boucher said. The Proteas' inability to win matches across the formats has also led to public pressure for Boucher, but he said it something he understands.

    "When you play international sport, you must know that there will be pressure and if you can't stand the heat, you need to get out of the kitchen," Boucher said. "We're working hard and there are a number of aspects in our game that we're working hard on, but the pressure will always be there."

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