SA cricket needs more ex­per­tise

The Citizen (KZN) - - Opinion -

While small but nec­es­sary steps are be­ing taken to pull Cricket South Africa (CSA) out of a mas­sive hole, we must re­alise the sport is still in cri­sis mode. Jacques Faul has re­placed a sus­pended Tha­bang Moroe as act­ing CEO and former Proteas skip­per Graeme Smith is set to be­come the CSA direc­tor. This comes af­ter a tur­bu­lent week for the sport’s gov­ern­ing body which ended with the an­nounce­ment Stan­dard Bank would not be re­new­ing their spon­sor­ship deal for the na­tional team next year.

Also, worse, the South African Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion (Saca) will still not en­gage with CSA’s ne­go­ti­at­ing panel if it in­cludes any mem­bers of the cur­rent board.

With just 15 days un­til the first Test be­tween South Africa and Eng­land in Cen­tu­rion, time is run­ning out to get CSA’s house in or­der. CSA and the na­tional team need all the help they can get.

Which is why the sug­ges­tion to bring in former Proteas open­ing bats­man Gary Kirsten as men­tor to in­terim team direc­tor Enoch Nkwe for the four-match Eng­land se­ries is a good one. Nkwe has a big coach­ing fu­ture ahead of him, but he has very lit­tle in­ter­na­tional and coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Kirsten won the World Cup with In­dia, and is a re­spected coach.

CSA must get as much ex­per­tise – on and off the field – if cricket in this coun­try has any hope of re­cov­er­ing.

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