The much-heralded CSA review into the Proteas’ recent performance has been abandoned, according to one of the panellists, sports physiologist Dr Ross Tucker.
Dr Tucker confirmed this to ESPNCricinfo after revealing on Twitter that the four-person independent panel, which included 1995 Rugby World Cup captain Francois Pienaar, and former Proteas player Adam Bacher, ‘couldn’t agree terms, times and scope or process, so it didn’t begin. Pity.’
The panel, under the chairmanship of CSA’s head of HR, Dawn Mokhobo, was expected to look into the poor performance of the national side at the World T20 tournament, as well as the Test summer, in which they lost back-to-back series to India and England, and the national Under-19 side, who failed to defend their World Cup title. The job of Russell Domingo, South Africa’s coach, was expected to come under particular scrutiny.
The panel held preliminary meetings at the end of April and discussed the scope and the process of their review, which included identifying timeframes and cost.
At the time CSA’s chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: ‘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.’
This was just one of several probes and reviews initiated by CSA.
In mid-April CSA announced had gathered together ‘stakeholders’, including journalists, commentators, coaches and players to undertake a ‘comprehensive review’ of the local game‘.
Earlier CSA appointed the chairman of the transformation committee, Norman Arendse, as head a task team to address the grievances voiced by black African cricketers. This was sparked by a group of cricketers calling themselves Black Players in Unity, who wrote a letter to CSA detailing their concerns at being picked in national squads but not playing enough games.
@justinfraenkel never completed the review. Never even started. Couldn’t agree terms, times and scope/process so it didn’t begin. Pity
— Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) June 1, 2016