Ntini slams SA cricket
CAPE TOWN — Former South African paceman and Zimbabwe caretaker coach Makhaya Ntini has been critical of Cricket South Africa’s reluctance to help neighbours Zimbabwe.
Ntini believes the CSA should play a greater role in helping out the struggling Zimbabwe cricket set up.
In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Ntini said: “The first thing I asked when I got here was what is CSA doing to help and I picked up that South Africa is not keen on visiting here and they don’t want much to do with Zimbabwe. It was sad to hear that, along with the fact that I was told they didn’t want to come to Zimbabwe for the tri-series they played with Zimbabwe and Australia two years ago,”
Ntini has lashed out at South African cricket’s governing body, and queried their motives: “I’d like to find out why they nearly pulled out of that series and also ask why they don’t want to support Zimbabwe, (especially since) they are the only other good cricketing nation on the continent.”
The caretaker coach was South Africa’s first Black player, and now becomes the first Black South African to coach at international level, Ntini doesn’t place any stock in those facts but believes that as a black African he will be able to help Zimbabwe cricket: “We’ve learnt to work hard, share and care as Black people. That I think is one of the reasons why I was approached for this position. If you are a caring person, you are able to work well with people and this is what Zimbabwe cricket has been needing,” Zimbabwe lost their first game under Ntini to a young India side on June 11 and will face India in two more ODIS on June 13 and 15 before clashing with India in three T20IS.
Zimbabwe caretaker coach makhaya Ntini.