The national men’s team, the most watched cricket team in this country and still the primary source of income for Cricket SA, endured their worst World Cup in history in England. The team played poorly; they weren’t prepared properly and as a result, the future of the game in this country is at stake.
It can’t only be that it’s the coaches and players who are at fault either. The 7-0 series loss by the SA Under-19 team against their Pakistan counterparts, and the failure of the SA Emerging team - that contained a few players with T20 International experience - to qualify for the final of a triangular series involving a local combined universities team and a touring Sri Lanka squad, points to faults that are systematic.
Throw in the failure of the national women’s team at last year’s T20 World Cup and it’s clear that CSA’s administrators - from the Board of Directors to the Members Council, made up of all the provincial union presidents - need to ask themselves some very tough questions.
How much of the blame for the malaise the sport finds itself in currently is their fault? Certainly, the Proteas aren’t responsible for a forecast debt of R654 million. Nor are they responsible for a poorly arranged T20 competition that made no money (in fact, costing close to R100 million), nor are the players responsible for the mess about restructuring the domestic game.