• Kirsten’s offer to Proteas goes unheard

    Former Proteas captain Peter Kirsten has implored Cricket South Africa to involve the Titans’ Mark Boucher and Cape Cobras’ Ashwell Prince in the Proteas coaching staff.

    While Lions coach Enoch Nkwe was elevated to interim team director for the recent tour of India, which included a 3-0 Test series defeat, Prince and Boucher are involved in the ongoing 4-Day Franchise Series in South Africa.

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    ‘I don’t want to blame the current South African coach Enoch, but I have been offering my services for the last 10 years and heard nothing from them. Guys like Gary Kirsten, Ashwell, Mark need to be involved in coaching the national team,’ Kirsten was quoted by the Times of India.

    Nkwe was appointed in an interim capacity after former head coach Ottis Gibson’s tenure ended with a poor 2019 World Cup campaign in the United Kingdom, where the Proteas won three and lost five matches.

    They beat Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Australia, but lost to England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Pakistan and India – and shared a washout with the West Indies.

    ‘As former cricketers, we saw it coming since the World Cup, where too we weren’t at our best. It is, in any case, very, very difficult to play India in India,’ added Kirsten.

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