JOHANNESBURG - While viewers and even players grow accustomed to the new structure surrounding the Proteas men’s team, it is also worth remembering that the personnel filling some key positions, are only doing so temporarily.
Corrie van Zyl, Cricket SA’s acting Director of Cricket, illustrated as much on Wednesday when asked to provide clarity over who will pick the starting teams for all the matches on the Proteas’ up-coming tour to India. Van Zyl took a deep breath before saying: “Ok, I’m also the interim convener of selection, so I’m acting and interim. Then we have the interim Team Director as an interim selector. And then we also have the captain, who is not interim as a selector.”
The interim Team Director, Enoch Nkwe, who will appoint an interim support staff to assist him for that tour, is optimistic. “I strongly believe that every challenge is an opportunity, to thrive personally and as a team. As management we need to create the right environment as quickly as possible to ensure the players can thrive,” he said.
Nkwe, 36, was a surprising choice as acting Team Director, a new role formulated by Cricket SA in the wake of the disastrous World Cup campaign, the aftermath of which including the axing of Ottis Gibson as head coach.
His playing career, which included 42 first class matches and 38 limited overs games at provincial and franchise level, was cut short by injury.