The noise that has been made by the general public and the players association has been commendable. It has forced the suspension of Thabang Moroe and some good replacements have been found.
I do, however, have some misgivings.
The current board is made up of the heads of the various cricket unions and this structure exists presumably because it is part of the the constitution of CSA. The call has been for the board to resign but it is not as simple as that. They would then, according to the constitution, just be replaced by someone else from the respective unions and not by a professional administrator who could make professional decisions.
The only way to rectify this is to change the constitution so that the board can be restructured. This would require a vote by the unions who would probably vote according to self interest and not for what is best for cricket.
My second concern relates to the new appointments, all of whom certainly have South African cricket at heart, but does it not look a bit like a group of white men coming in to save the day? I hate to bring race into it but this is South Africa.
What happens if we get beaten by the English? The current employees are laying themselves (inadvertantly) open to widespread criticism.
Graeme Smith, for whom I have the greatest respect, has surrounded himself with his closest mates. These guys all have great credentials and I certainly hope they take SA cricket forward but there is this nagging “but” …..
I would have made Ashwell Prince the head coach. He has done a good job at the Cobras despite limited resources due to financial constraints. He has certainly raised the games of the younger players like Kyle Verreyne, Jason Smith, Zubayr Hamza and the Malan brothers. This would have given the management a more equitable mix in the eyes of the public.
I hope I am proved wrong.
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