SA Fixtures against Bangladesh and India

February 2008

22 Bangladesh v South Africa Test Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
29 Bangladesh v South Africa Test Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

March 2008

9 Bangladesh v South Africa ODI Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong 05:30
12 Bangladesh v South Africa ODI Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur 05:30
14 Bangladesh v South Africa ODI Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur 05:30
26 India v South Africa Test MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai 06:30

April 2008

3 India v South Africa Test Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad 06:30
11 India v South Africa Test Green Park, Kanpur 06:30

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 Cricket in Crisis Arendse vs Arthur

Just when South African cricket looked like it was recovering from the many set backs from last year, another bombshell has hit. This time there will be casualties. There is unlikely to be any final warnings, something has to give.

Norman Arendse is the president of Cricket South Africa and he refused to approve the selectors decision over the 14 man squad for the tour to Bangladesh. “ If two of the players selected for Bangladesh are not fit and will undergo fitness tests on Monday, why don’t we wait until Monday before we announce the squad?” Arendse said, referring to Neil McKenzie and Andre Nel. This is a fair and valid point put across by the president. However he went on to state: “My role is to ensure that the CSA transformation policy is complied with.” This is where it all got messy.

Mickey Arthur’s reply to the above was: “As a coach and a selector I share Norman’s determination to push the transformation agenda but, at the same time, I want to be able to look every player in the eye and tell him: I believe you’re the best player for this position.” One wonders which team Mickey Arthur has been coaching as the team that he is in charge of regularly has players that the majority of SA will say are not the best players in that position. This statement can easily be backed up by statistics as can be seen here.

As the day progressed it came to light that Arendse had laid charges against Arthur accusing him of being “abusive and disrespectful” and “cocking a snook at his employers’ policy of (racial) transformation.” A bit later on in the day Arthur laid a counter-charge of “disrespectful and abusive behaviour” against Arendse, stating “I have no problem with transformation and I am very willing to work for transformation, however, seven players of colour in a squad of 14 is a target and not a policy.” To top off what is more than likely his last roll of the dice Arthur stated “We have sent the same squad to him (Arendse) for approval, the ball is now in his court.”

If his foot was in the proverbial grave, he certainly wasn’t scared of going 6 foot under when he indicated “Yes, there is animosity between us. I told him he was power-crazy and egotistical but I never swore at him. I can say now that he regularly sends back teams” stated Arthur which might have been to confirm the allegations that Arendse was responsible for the dropping of Kallis and Hall in the Twenty20 tournament mentioned here.

There are few people that have taken of the administration and won. Arthur has jumped on that boat and if any players want to be on board, they must be prepared for the worst, there is no fairy tale ending where the administration backs down and the good guys win.

The real solution would have been to take a side focused on transformation to Bangladesh and a more experienced side to India. It might not be the ideal solution but it would have saved Arthur the DCM (Don’t Come Monday) letter which might be in the post already.

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).

Shaun Pollock Retires

Shaun Pollock made his debut in 1995 against England where he made an impression straight away. He made a run a ball 66 in his ODI debut and then picked up 4 for 34 in his 10 overs. No surprise he was the man of the match. Incidentally his debut was shared with Kallis and Paul Adams. Over the next 12 years Polly showed that his debut was no fluke, often named as one of the best all-rounders ever in cricket, his ability with the ball was almost matched with the bat. He was one of the most dangerous batsman in the ODI format, able to hit huge sixes either side of the wicket. He averaged 32 in tests, 26 in ODI’s with a high score of 111 in tests and 130 ODI’s. His bowling was his speciality averaging 23 in tests and 24 in ODI’s and only conceding 3.67 an over. He will be missed by South Africa, and the sending off he got was a testament to how much he has done for cricket in SA and what the spectators thought of him.

Shaun Pollock will be remembered as another Pollock great, a player that will never be replaced and never forgotten by those who follow cricket. It was a very emotional send off by the fans at every stadium and it was only fitting that he hit the winning runs.

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