Category Archives: SA Contracted Players

SA Squad for India

Graeme Smith (captain), Ashwell Prince (vice-captain), Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Charl Langeveldt, Neil McKenzie, Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterson and Dale Steyn.

The team has seen Andre Nel threaten to quit SA cricket (see more here) after being dropped for Charl Langeveldt. There is a lot more to it than his childish but understandable outburst about being dropped. He has been an integral part of the test setup this season edging out the legendary Shaun Pollock, no mean feat and something difficult to comprehend for the experts and casual followers. However if you saw him bowling against West Indies you will remember that he justified his inclusion in the side.

It is clear that the selectors who picked a squad of only FOUR players of colour for the Bangladesh tour (Peterson replaced Harris who was injured) when six was the target have now been instructed to pick a squad of six players of colour. Another clear message came from the 2nd test in Bangladesh where Botha had done nothing wrong to be dropped, yet he was dropped for Peterson which ensured the side had four players of colour.

I am still trying to figure out why there must be 6 players of colour in the squad if only 4 will play. In the current line-up which wont change much from the last few test the team has been made up of: Graeme Smith (captain), Ashwell Prince (vice-captain), Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Neil McKenzie, Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn.

This means that either Charl Langeveldt, Robin Peterson, JP Duminy or Paul Harris (if fit) will make up the last spot. If Harris is chosen which is more than likely, the squad will have to adapt, with the possibility of Morkel making way for Langeveldt/Peterson or McKenzie dropped for Duminy.

Andre Nel has had a good tour of Bangladesh and clearly was not impressed by the omission. The bottom line is the selectors have put their heads together and believe that Morkel is a better bowler than Nel, and thus he is left out. For quota reasons Ntini wont be dropped (nor should he be for any reason)

If you had to say which player of colour would be the first one to be picked out of the ODI squad, most people would have gone with Herschelle Gibbs ahead of Langeveldt. This is a clear sign to Gibbs to get his act together if he wants a place in the team to England in June.

Peterson bowled himself into contention picking up  5-33 in the second innings of the second test. That said we now have two spinners who are left arm orthodox, instead of Botha who would add another dimension to the team.

It is the toughest challenge yet for SA in this season, facing an Indian side that could have easily won the Test series against Australia and ended off on a high note. It will take another monster effort from the worlds best bowler, certainly most destructive bowler Dale Steyn and a massive performance from the inexperienced Morkel to give SA a chance of completing a clean sweep of the season. With a fragile top order on the batting front, it will be a remarkable series victory.

Cricket South Africa Apologises to South Africa

There are times that we all have to eat our words and today will be one of those where I am quite happy to eat my words posted here. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has indeed taken a bold step, a step that I don’t think has been taken by sports administrators before. They have issued a public apology for the embarressing situation that occurred last week and was followed here.

I am proud that they have issued a statement apologising how things were handled. It is a mature approach not seen in other disciplines and must be commended. I will in the next few days write to cricket South africa asking for a breakdown of the transformation policies, all of which will be recorded on this website.

Cricket is obviously close to my heart as it is for many readers of my website and a transparent administration is essential for the public to have faith in the system.

The letter is below and can be found here for authenticity!!!!

Cricket is a national treasure, and all who participate in the organisation of cricket, at all levels, are entitled to free and equal access to it. In this regard, Cricket South Africa (CSA) plays a critical role in ensuring that those of our people who were previously (and unjustly) denied access to the sport, must be given every possible opportunity to participate in, and have access to, it.

Over the past week or so, cricket has been thrown into turmoil over the issue of the transformation of cricket, and in particular the selection of the national side to tour Bangladesh.

Cricket South Africa, the custodians of the sport in the country, must take full responsibility for not handling the issue in a manner that preserves the integrity and reputation of the sport. In this regard, the President and the CEO of Cricket South Africa wish to express their deep and sincere regret at the manner in which the issue leading up to the selection of the team to tour Bangladesh, has been handled. In fact, an apology to the entire nation is warranted.

Accordingly, we issue our sincerest apology to the entire nation and all its peoples for the manner in which the matter had been handled. We accept responsibility for what happened, and wish to commit ourselves to ensuring that it will never happen again.
In doing so, we reaffirm our commitment to the transformation policies of Cricket South Africa which is aimed at ensuring that the imbalances of the past are redressed as soon as possible. In this regard, we wish to record that CSA’s Transformation Review Committee is in the process of addressing these issues in a comprehensive way involving all stakeholders in the game, and have been doing so since December 2007.

We lastly wish to publicly acknowledge that mistakes were made in the process of the selection of the team, and that any finger pointing is not going to assist in restoring any damage or harm that may have been caused to the game of cricket over the recent days.

Accordingly, the President and the CEO commit to working together within the legal and constitutional structures of Cricket South Africa with a common goal and purpose, with a view towards ensuring the restoration of the good name and reputation of Cricket South Africa, and that the game is administered for the benefit of all.

Lastly, we wish to express our deep gratitude to the Minister of Sport, his Deputy, and members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport for facilitating a process which will involve CSA in the near future considering a number of issues raised by the Minister, and which also resulted in making this media release possible.

NORMAN ARENDSE: PRESIDENT
GERALD MAJOLA: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER:
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA

Apologies links will be added in asap

SA Contracted Players

Cricket South Africa have released the list of the 15 contracted players from 1 May 08 to 30 April 09. There are four newcomers to the list, Morne Morkel, Johan Botha, Paul Harris and JP Duminy. They have replaced Shaun Pollock,  Andrew Hall, Boeta Dippenaar and Justin Kemp. Kemp is the only player that has been dropped as the rest have retired from international cricket. There could be speculation that Boeta knew or was told his contract was not going to be renewed. The loss of the above four will take some replacing, however the current contracted players have some of the best prospects South African cricket has seen in years. If Duminy, Morkel and Steyn perform to their potential, South Africa will continue to be one of the best nations in the world.

 

Here is the list of the players and which province they represent. Hashim Amla (Nashua Dolphins), Johan Botha (Chevrolet Warriors), Mark Boucher (Nashua Cape Cobras), AB de Villiers (Nashua Titans), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), Herschelle Gibbs (Nashua Cape Cobras), Paul Harris (Nashua Titans), Jacques Kallis (Nashua Cape Cobras), Charl Langeveldt (Nashua Cape Cobras), Morne Morkel (Nashua Titans), Andre Nel (Nashua Titans), Makhaya Ntini (Chevrolet Warriors), Ashwell Prince (Nashua Cape Cobras), Graeme Smith (Nashua Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn (Nashua Titans).