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The Kallis and Boucher saga

Jacques Kallis was left out of the South African Twenty/20 squad for the inaugural world Twenty/20 championships being played in South Africa in September. This was a shock omission from the squad and because of his omission Kallis resigned as the South African vice-captain.

Kallis is a prime example of a player who is cool calm and collected. There is most certainly a role for Jacques Kallis to play in the SA side. Those that have enjoyed Pro20 cricket know how easy it is for a side to be 25/3 chasing 160. This is when an anchor that can stabilise the side is essential, because without a calming influence the side chasing often ends up 85/7 and the game has been lost.

Kallis has his detractors who can justify pointing out that Kallis can bat slowly at times. Almost immediately if you meet one of the detractors they will point out the game we lost in the world cup to Australia. He didn’t even score at a run a ball they will tell you, he ruined any chance we had. However that was simply not the case – look at the scorecard and you will see that. These detractors tend to forget that he is a world class bowler, an incredible fielder and one of the most senior players in the squad.

Mark Boucher indicated this point to the public via the press and has ended up with a disciplinary hearing which has been postponed until further notice. There are rumours that he might be punished with his place in the squad however those I am sure are just rumours. In reality he stuck up for the good of South African cricket and his mate. There was little that he said that could be construed as directly contravening the code of conduct. If anything his opinion was shared by those around him.

Boucher is not a man that speaks his mind often, however this was a topic close to his heart and what he said was justified.

New Convener of SA Selectors

The South African selectors have seen a change in the hierarchy with Haroon Lorgat being dropped and justifiably so. It is a decision that should have happened a long time ago. For some reason Lorgat took it upon himself to select players and then tell the coach in which position the player would bat. There was something very wrong when the convener of selectors called the shots instead of allowing the coach to make the call.

The man to take the helm is Joubert Strydom, a former Free State player and captain. He has been appointed convener of selectors for one year, and then will be reviewed. Shafiek Abrahams has replaced Lorgat as a selector.

Soon after the appointment, Strydom said “We have won the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia for the second successive year which means we are going to have a big pool of young talent to work with. The challenge is to find the right combination of promising and established players.”  Whilst I agree with this, both times we have taken a squad with various players, who have quite a bit of international experience to this tournament.

There have been reports of a “big 5” in the cricket side as well as observations of a team that isn’t as disciplined as it should be so it will be interesting to see how the new convener handles the squad for the upcoming season.