Ottis Gibson expressed his views on the transformation policy at his final press conference as England bowling coach on Tuesday.
When asked about the Proteas’ quota system, Gibson was very clear about his thoughts regarding transformation.
‘Transformation was mentioned, but it didn’t have to be in my opinion because it is a government policy,’ he said.
‘Once it’s a government policy‚ it doesn’t matter … not that it doesn’t matter, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I have to work with it. I can’t go in and say I want to change that.
‘ I know that it is there and I understand why it is there. Whether I like it or not is irrelevant because it’s there and we have to work with it.’
He also made his views known on the countries’ reputation to lose players to the Kolpak policy.
‘Every player would say he is making a decision for his family, and when people say that they don’t think they can get an opportunity, and move on. There’s not a lot that me as a coach can do‚ and that’s something for CSA to look into‚’ he said.
‘My job is to try and work with the players that are there‚ to try and make sure they are ready to win matches for South Africa.’
Gibson’s first assignment will be a two-match Test series against Bangladesh, which starts on 28 September.
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