Test vice-captain Temba Bavuma is prepared to weather the unsettled composition of Cricket South Africa’s leadership for the foreseeable future.
CSA has suspended interim director of cricket Corrie van Zyl, chief operating officer Naasei Appiah and commercial manager Clive Eksteen after the South African Cricketers’ Association launched a formal dispute over unpaid fees for the 2018 Mzansi Super League.
The Proteas, meanwhile, are without a permanent team director. The Lions’ Enoch Nkwe held the position in an interim capacity for the recent tour of India.
‘It’s not ideal to have those type of issues at the top. As the Proteas‚ we’re in a construction phase, if I were to call it,’ said Bavuma.
‘It also seem there’s a lot of constructing that needs to happen through the levels. As players‚ we can’t be focusing on those types of things. That’s outside our scope and to be honest‚ my opinion is quite limited in regards to those things.
‘We have to trust that CSA is led by the right people to ensure that the right decisions are made. Last week‚ we had a conference in Durban, where CSA‚ the leadership and the players were there together.
‘That was an opportunity for CSA to outline their plans for the next couple of years and for the players to iron out the issues.
‘There’s obviously been a spat between CSA and Saca in the media. Players have had the opportunity to resolve whatever issues that they feel need to be resolved.’
Bavuma will captain the Jozi Stars in the 2019 MSL, which will start this week. He played for the Durban Heat in last year’s inaugural edition.
‘I don’t think I’d be in the team if I wasn’t able to play T20 cricket. I wouldn’t be leading a side like the Jozi Stars if that wasn’t the case. I don’t feel like I have to prove myself,’ he added.
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