Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe believes South Africa must find a way to “breed strong tough-minded cricketers” in the wake of the Proteas disappointing World Cup campaign.
Speaking at a KFC Mini-Cricket National Seminar, Moroe was certainly not impressed with the national team’s failure to secure progression to the playoff stages here in the United Kingdom. The Proteas have won just two of their eight matches heading into the final round-robin encounter with Australia at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Moroe even pointed to the Australians, who have recovered superbly from their dramatic meltdown last year when their captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were suspended for ball-tampering, to head the World Cup table.
He also laid the blame at the door of Kolpak cricketers that have left the country to pursue contracts on the English County Championship after previously representing the Proteas.
"I think it's a systematic thing and it's not necessarily a psychological thing for cricketers. I think for me is how do we tweak one or two things in our system to make sure that we breed strong tough-minded cricketers," Moroe told the media.