JOHANNESBURG - Mark Boucher believes the points system in the Sunfoil Series needs to be re-examined and possibly amended to aid more positive cricket in the country’s premier first class competition.
There were just eight wins in the 30 four-day matches played in the tournament this summer, and while rain played its part, as well as some very sluggish pitches, there is also some concern about the mentality of the teams.
“I think it’s a major concern,” said Boucher, who coached the competition winners, the Titans this season. He admitted his team adopted a cautious approach at times, that placed ‘not losing’ above chasing victory.
“We fought for draws when we knew we needed those extra six points. If we’d gone for the win we may have ended up losing, then we’ve lost those six points (for the draw) and we may not be standing here with the trophy,” he said.
Earning six points for drawing a match - in addition to the bonus points earned in the first innings for batting and bowling - was a step Cricket SA took to ostensibly make teams fight harder and take matches as deep as possible. However its had a different effect, one that has seemingly created a negative mindset among teams.