Francois Pienaar, the Springboks’ World Cup-winning captain in 1995, is to help CSA assess the Proteas’ latest performances.
Cricket South Africa announced on Saturday that an independent panel, under the direction of HR committee chairperson Dawn Mokhobo, will examine the performances of all the national cricket teams. Also on the panel are former Proteas player Adam Bacher, and Dr Ross Tucker, a renowned sports physiologist.
After rugby Pienaar became involved in banking and marketing. He then founded Advent Sport Entertainment and Media which controls six businesses, ranging from media rights ownership, sponsorship and event management to consulting, experiential marketing and merchandising.
On the Proteas’ return from a woeful World T20 campaign, CSA’s chief executive Haroon Lorgat promised a thorough review of the team’s performance, but said he would not allow a knee-jerk reaction.
‘After performing below expectation at the recent ICC WorldT20, it would be right for us to undertake an objective and thorough review of our national teams’ setup and performances,’ said Lorgat.
‘While we plan to do this as soon as practically possible, we do not intend to place a deadline on this important piece of work. We have time to do a thorough review before the Board makes any decisions about the future.
‘Our recent performances resulting in early exits for all our national teams at the ICC World T20 and the ICC U/19 World Cup is clearly not acceptable. This calls for us to conduct a clinical review into the national setup and performances of the various teams.’
He added this panel would work in parallel with a review on South Africa’s domestic systems, which is under way.
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