South Africa Cricket: Major changes as sport seeks to carve out new path to success
Updated 11:01, 19-Aug-2019
South African cricket is in the midst of change as experienced players retire and fresh blood enters the Proteas Test squad. Cricket South Africa, the nation's governing body for the sport, has also axed the traditional role of head coach and opted for a team director. This is viewed as a bold and daring step, as the sport desperately seeks to carve out a new path and achieve real success. CGTN's Sias du Plessis has more.
Cricket South Africa named 36-year-old Enoch Nkwe as the interim team director for the tour to India in October that includes 3 T20 Internationals and 3 test matches, the former South African A team assistant says he was surprised by the appointment, but feels he is ready for the challenge and eager to prove himself.
ENOCH NKWE INTERIM TEAM DIRECTOR, SOUTH AFRICA "I didn't expect it to come so soon, but I have always or how I have always worked is to really stretch myself on a yearly basis to be in the position of if an opportunity in a higher position comes along that I am ready for that."
Veteran skipper Faf du Plessis will lead the test team that sees the inclusion of 3 new caps in fast bowler Andrich Nortje, wicketkeeper Rudi Seconds and spinner Senuran Mutusamy, while the experienced batsman, Quinton de Kock will take on a new role as captain of the T20 side, in what is the start of a new chapter and direction for the national team.
ENOCH NKWE INTERIM TEAM DIRECTOR, SOUTH AFRICA "The focus is just for the Indian tour, we want to make an impact, an immediate impact in that series. Yes, it is going to be a tough one but there is in the back of Cricket South Africa's mind, there is a big picture."
The new man in charge says it is vital to establish a positive team environment ahead of a tough assignment on the sub-continent after a World Cup performance that left a lot to be desired and dented the overall confidence of the squad.
ENOCH NKWE INTERIM TEAM DIRECTOR, SOUTH AFRICA "I strongly believe that every challenge is an opportunity personally to thrive or the team to thrive so it is important that obviously, us as team management create that thriving environment as soon as possible."
SIAS DU PLESSIS JOHANNESBURG "The changes could lead to a few teething problems as the new personnel find their feet, but despite that a massive task lies ahead against arguably the best team in world cricket on Indian soil, the time for dwelling on the past is long gone as business resumes, players picked will need to prove themselves and do so quickly if they're to be a part of the new direction cricket is moving in, Sias du Plessis, CGTN, Johannesburg."