Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday told Junior Proteas coach Ray Jennings that his contract will not be renewed.

The decision came two months after Jennings became the first coach to lead a South African team to a World Cup trophy.

Former Highveld Lions assistant coach and current SABC commentator Lawrence Mahatlane will replace Jennings as the SA under-19 head coach.

CSA on Wednesday also announced the appointment of former Cape Cobras mentor Shukri Conrad as the national academy head coach.

“Change is inevitable and these new appointments follow the restructuring put forward through the cricket pipeline committee and approved by the board in February.

“I would like to thank Ray Jennings for his fantastic service as our under-19 head coach over the past nine years,” commented CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

CSA’s cricket general manager Corrie van Zyl explained the new structure: “The under-19 head coach will focus on the management of the Talent Acceleration Programme (Tap) and the coaching of the under-19 national team.

“As such he will attend all regional and national camps and weeks that form part of the Tap.

“The national academy head coach will focus on the national academy programme during the off-season period from May to September and manage the standardisation process of the provincial academies.”

“During the in-season period he will act as the head of scouts and master coaches in the semi-professional structure and monitor existing national academy candidates in semi-professional cricket and identify new candidates for the national academy.”

Cape Times