What a week we had in cricketing terms in South Africa.
Undoubtedly the biggest news coming out of the Cricket South Africa camp this week was the change in structure of how they want to run the Proteas.
Initially, I agreed with the new structure that will see the coach morphing into what is a soccer-style manager.
But then I listened to CSA’s press conference last week and what I heard was a bit troublesome.
Actually, it was bothering me a lot when I thought about it.
As a fan of the national cricket team, I was quite happy with the fact that we didn’t see the governing body and the team as one entity.
Being a firm believer in the idea that business is business and sport is sport, I guess I have to make peace with the fact that the two are now one and that the former is actually more important than the latter.
It is now clear that the path forward will place a lot more emphasis on the governing body, CSA, rather than the Proteas.
In the background, we said goodbye to two legends of the game last week.
Pace spearhead Dale Steyn stepped down from five-day cricket in midweek and then batting superstar Hashim Amla then announced his retirement from the game at the weekend.
I’ve always believed that any sportsmen should know when to retire, and according to me, both Steyn and Amla left it a bit late.
Hindsight is always an exact science and I would have probably sang a different tune if they had returned home from England with a World Cup trophy.
It wasn’t to be, for them or us fans, and instead the two retirements had largely gone by unnoticed.
Not having a big hoo-hah made of his farewell to the game is perhaps what the humble Amla preferred.
In his words: “I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun.
“Also, my family, friends and agent, my teammates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!
“The fans for energising me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga South Africa!
“And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa - not forgetting the Chief Executive, Mr Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team.
“I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful.
“Love and peace.”
Having watched both Amla and Steyn since they made their debuts in 2004, I say thanks to both of them on behalf of South African cricket fans for the years of legendary service they’ve given this country.