CSA dropping ball

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October 13, 2017
CSA dropping ball

PLAYER POWER: Proteas ace batsman AB de Villiers

Issues in SA cricket are of bosses own making

Cricket South
Africa (CSA) just can’t do anything right at the moment.

The men who run the game here in Mzansi have botched a number of issues. And they’re pretty high profile.

Starting in last year, AB de Villiers’ long absence from the Proteas left many people
wondering if the ace batsman was ready to quit the international scene.

He made a deal with Indian bat manufacturers MRF, which gave a bigger financial
package than CSA ever could.

It basically gave AB the power to dictate to his bosses when he left like playing for the Proteas. And he went ahead with making his own schedule after he got his elbow injury last November.

Since then, he has only played in the ICC Champions Trophy. And the Proteas missed him big time in the England Test series earlier this year.

Things sort of spiralled out of control with the AB thing going on as the team struggled and the spotlight landed firmly on former coach Russell Domingo.

The relationship between Domingo and his bosses soon soured and CSA let his contract run out without much of an indication about his future.

But not before everyone knew that he was going to get the axe.

Everyone knew that West
Indian Ottis Gibson was going to the new coach by the time they told Domingo that his re-application for his job had been unsuccessful.

That was a doos move by CSA. They will tell you it was part of the game and done in the right spirit and for the good of the Proteas, blah, blah.

To me, it looked like they let a loyal servant and a hard worker down. It’s just not cricket.

Then all in the meantime, CSA were being played big time by their Indian counterparts.

What was supposed to be CSA’s big money maker is now in jeopardy with the India tour to SA in doubt.

The five-Test series has been moved out to a later date and those dates haven’t yet been confirmed.

And talking about postponements, the Global T20 League is now on the backburner.

What was billed as CSA’s answer to the IPL is now a joke. It was supposed to blast off next month. Now it will only happening next November.

What happened behind the scenes will still have to come to light, but it stinks and cost CEO Haroon Lorgat his job.

There is apparently no TV deal in place and they were set to lose some R100m during the first year of the tournament.

These manne really know how to drop the ball.

matthew.marcus@inl.co.za

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