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Proteas to play Tests, T20Is in the West Indies next month!

May 6th 2021 at 08:03

South Africa will tour the West Indies next month at the start of an intensive build-up to the T20 World Cup which is scheduled for India in October, the national federation announced on Thursday.

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) director of cricket Graeme Smith said South Africa would play two Test matches and five Twenty20 internationals in the Caribbean during a tour which will start in early June at venues which had still to be finalised.

The South African white-ball players will then travel directly to Ireland for a previously-announced tour in July. 

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After a short break further white-ball tours are planned to Sri Lanka and India, leading in to the World Cup.

Smith acknowledged that the tour of India in September could clash with a possible resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was paused in mid-tournament on Tuesday after outbreaks of Covid-19 in three of the franchise camps.

“With what’s happening in India with Covid and the IPL, we need to give the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) time to gather their thoughts,” he said. 

“The challenges India are facing as a country are immense.”

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Smith said he wanted South Africa to field their best possible team at the World Cup.

That could include AB de Villiers, if he comes out of international retirement, and free agents such as Imran Tahir and Chris Morris, who are no longer contracted to be available for South Africa.

“We have seen the success the West Indies has had in bringing back free agents,” said Smith. 

“But there are many factors involved, including team dynamics. Our focus has always been on trying to get our best squad together for an extensive time.”

Smith praised the Indian board for their handling of the Covid outbreak. 

“The duty of care they have shown in getting everyone home has been exemplary,” he said adding that all of the South African players and coaching staff involved in the IPL would be back in South Africa by Friday.

Rassie van der Dussen’s IPL dream over before it even started

May 3rd 2021 at 05:09

South Africa batsman Rassie van der Dussen, it appears, is not going to join the Rajasthan Royals in India for the remainder of IPL 2021.

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ESPNcricinfo understands that Rassie van der Dussen got a visa to fly to India but failed to obtain a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from Cricket South Africa (CSA), who cited injury as the reason for this.

He was meant to replace the injured Ben Stokes.

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Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Royals named 20-year-old South African fast bowler Gerald Coetzee as a replacement for England batter Liam Livingstone.

Coetzee has landed in India and finished his quarantine and trained with the Royals squad over the weekend.

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Coetzee represents the Knights in South Africa’s domestic circuit and has also played two Under-19 World Cups. He has nine wickets and an economy rate of 7.68 in eight T20s.

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How not to run an airline …

May 2nd 2021 at 18:01
The mismanagement of Mango is bordering on criminal.

Minnows Namibia put SA Emerging team to shame in winning one-day series

May 1st 2021 at 17:19

A century by Matthew Breetzke was not enough for the South Africa Emerging men’s team as they went down by 19 runs in an entertaining series decider against Namibia in Windhoek on Saturday.

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The right-hander was in excellent form, striking three sixes and eight fours in a 127-ball 114, which helped the visitors end on 319 for nine in a high-scoring chase of 339 at the Wanderers.

There was also an attacking half-century by Delano Potgieter (52 off 54 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes) and an even more explosive 63 off 41 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) by Jason Smith that took the tourists close – although it was still in vain after a powerful batting display by the home side.

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Craig Williams was their stand-out batsman after he plundered 11 sixes in an unbeaten 139 off 119 balls (5 fours), with the dangerous JJ Smit thumping 61 off 48 balls (3 fours, 4 sixes).

Their performances ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides, with the Namibians going on to take the series 2-1. The Eagles also won the T20 series by the same margin.

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The host won the toss and batted first in match three, with Stephan Baard (33) and Zane Green (26) again getting them off to a good start.

After both fell to Tshepo Ntuli (2/37) and then captain Gerhard Erasmus followed for 20, Williams and Smit dominated.

The pair put on 139 for the fourth wicket, with Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton (23*) then helping the centurion deliver a flying finish thanks to an unbeaten 87 in the last 6.1 overs.

Also helped by 36 extras, Namibia eventually finished on 338 for four.

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Grant Roelofsen (26) and Breetzke gave the SA Emerging team a bright start to the reply with 61 for the first wicket, but four quick wickets thereafter left Malibongwe Maketa’s team in trouble on 98 for four.

But Breetzke kept going, and, after finding a foil in Potgieter, added 85 for the fifth wicket.

The latter then fell with the score on 183, before the former followed when the score was 224.

Dayyaan Galiem’s dismissal for six looked like it had ended the clash as a contest, but Smith and Bryce Parsons (32) then combined for a 77-run partnership to bring the equation down to 30 from the last two overs.

However, that was when the stand was broken, effectively settling the tie as the visitors finished short.

South Africa Emerging men’s squad

Stefan Tait, Thando Ntini, Grant Roelofsen, Joshua Richards, Jonathan Bird, Jason Smith, Tshepo Ntuli, Kabelo Sekhukhune, Lifa Ntanzi, Matthew Breetzke, Dayyaan Galiem, Bryce Parsons, Sinethemba Qeshile, Wandile Makwetu, Gregory Mahlokwana, Delano Potgieter.

Support Staff: Malibongwe Maketa (Head Coach), Imraan Khan (Assistant Coach), Piet Botha (Bowling Coach), Brent Gerard Martin (Physiotherapist), Nandile Nelson Tyali (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Kyle Southgate (Video Analyst)

Schedule: South Africa Emerging men’s tour to Namibia

Friday, 23 April

1st T20 – Namibia lost to SA Emerging Men by 5 wickets – Wanderers

Saturday, 24 April

2nd T20 – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 5 wickets – Wanderers

Sunday, 25 April

3rd T20 – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 91 runs – Wanderers

Tuesday, 27 April

1st OD – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 5 wickets – Wanderers

Thursday, 29 April

2nd OD – Namibia lost to SA Emerging Men by 57 runs – Wanderers

Saturday, 1 May

3rd OD – Namibia beat SA Emerging Men by 19 runs – Wanderers

RESULT | 🇳🇦 Namibia won by 19 runs

Namibia take the series with a nervy finish to the final ODI

🇳🇦 338/4 (Craig Williams 139)
🇿🇦 319/9 (Matthew Breetzke 114) #ThatsOurGame pic.twitter.com/KADwrZaVpz

— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) May 1, 2021

Six CSA Members’ Council presidents taking responsibility

April 21st 2021 at 12:10

 

The provincial presidents on the Members Council who are in favour of the proposed changes to the governance of Cricket South Africa seem to be taking responsibility for solving the impasse with the Interim Board and Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa as six of the unions have now issued statements supporting a majority independent board and an independent chairperson.

It may still be a case of too little, too late though as Mthethwa mulls what action to take under Section 13 (5) of the Sports Act against CSA for missing their deadline to approve a new constitution ahead of an AGM.

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On Wednesday, the Northerns and Mpumalanga cricket unions issued statements supporting the stance of Central Gauteng, North-West, Easterns and Free State that there should be a majority independent board and independent chairperson.

The two Highveld unions also called for all stakeholders to take part in a national indaba, steered by an independent mediator, to resolve the impasse as quickly as possible.

But in his letter to the Members Council on Tuesday night telling them he would be taking action against them according to the provisions of the Sports Act, Mthethwa said “your proposal to convene a multi-party stakeholder conference to deal with a matter that you have been seized with for a number of months, does not make sense to me.”

Because Mthethwa has the authority to no longer recognise CSA, it would mean South Africa could go back to the days of isolation and not have an official national team.

As the sports minister told a radio station on Tuesday night, if things continue the way they are, the world will have to be told there is no cricket in South Africa.

CSA crisis: Members Council split down middle as ‘deadline’ looms

April 19th 2021 at 12:47

 

The old saying that diamonds are created under pressure certainly did not apply to the Cricket South Africa Members Council on Monday as they struggled to come up with a unified response to sports minister Nathi Mthethwa’s ultimatum that they give cause by 5pm on Tuesday as to why he should not take action against them.

The Members Council refused to ratify the Interim Board’s proposed amendments to the CSA constitution at the weekend, and ensured their snubbing of Minister Mthethwa was made even greater by enlisting the help of Sascoc, who Mthethwa had specifically told not to interfere, in order to block the governance changes.

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Mthethwa then summoned Sascoc president Barry Hendricks and Members Council acting president Rihan Richards to a meeting on Monday, where a deadline of 5pm on Tuesday was given to stave off the probable suspension of CSA as a recognised body by government, which would result in the Proteas being unable to compete internationally.

The five or six provincial presidents who are in favour of a more independent board spent Monday trying to draft a statement that would encapsulate their position, but by 6pm nothing was forthcoming.

This is indicative of a deeply divided Members Council, with a half-dozen of them in favour of having more independent directors, and another half-dozen eager to safeguard their own positions of power by having a minority of independent directors.

Other sticking points for the Members Council are who will make up the selection committee to propose the new directors for the new board and who will represent CSA at the International Cricket Council – the board chairman or the Members Council president?

While the Members Council were scrambling around on Monday, the Interim Board are busy finalising their report for the sports minister and have also had their tenure extended until May 14. This is to ensure that there is no leadership vacuum and there is still some support for CSA’s executive staff, and there are also the various disciplinary hearings against CSA employees that need to be completed.

Most-watched TV shows in South Africa revealed

April 3rd 2021 at 07:00
The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released its television audience measurements for February 2021.

The recently renewed NPA should show its teeth

January 29th 2021 at 06:03
By: Eyaaz

The body should overcome its reluctance to classify atrocities as crimes against humanity, as the cases of Joao Rodrigues and Wouter Basson demonstrate

The post The recently renewed NPA should show its teeth appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.

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