• CSA seek new selection panel

    Cricket South Africa’s process to appoint a new selection panel has begun as the current panel’s tenure comes to an end after the World Cup.

    National convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson and the rest of the panel – Shafiek Abrahams (former EP and SA player), Hussein Manack, (former Gauteng player), Linda Zondi (former KZN player) and Russell Domingo (Proteas coach) – were criticised after South Africa’s semi-final exit at the World Cup.

    It has since been reported that political interference rather than poor decisions by the panel resulted in Vernon Philander’s controversial inclusion into the side ahead of Kyle Abbott for the semi-final against New Zealand.

    The current panel’s last job will be to name a Proteas squad for the tour to Bangladesh in July.

    It is also uncertain if Hudson will remain in his role. He has yet to indicate if he will stand for a third term. The current selection panel was appointed in 2013.

    The provincial union’s CEOs and presidents have already been informed that they must vote for a new selection panel, reports Netwerk24.

    According to Altaaf Kazi, spokesperson for CSA, the current panel can be re-appointed if they are again nominated. The deadline for nominations is April 30.

    Vincent Barnes, CSA’s high performance manager, and transformation manager Max Jordaan were also allowed to give insights but didn’t have voting rights.

    The new selection panel is expected to be announced at CSA’s next board meeting on June 2.