Cricket’s Under-19 coach gets the boot

2014-04-23 17:55

Shukri Conrad and Lawrence Mahatlane have replaced Ray Jennings as South Africa’s Under-19 cricket coach.

Cricket SA announced during the third test against Australia at Newlands that they would be splitting the job into two parts.

Jennings, who had been part of the Under-19 setup since 2006, won the Under-19 World Cup, which was held in Dubai in March.

It was South African cricket’s first ICC success in all formats since 1998 and the Under-19 group’s first in their history.

Jennings said he was disappointed.

“I would not have applied for the job if I felt that I was not going to get it, but I have enjoyed the time that I have spent with the Under-19s. I guess it is time to move on,” he said.

“They have let me know quite late and I have three days left in my job. I now have to get off my bum and find something else.”

Conrad, who is popularly known for his commentary stints with SuperSport, has been appointed as the National Academy coach. Mahatlane, who has extensive first-class and junior age group coaching experience, will take over as the Under-19 coach.

Cricket SA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the time was ripe for change and the two coaches will usher in a new era of success at age group level.

“Change is inevitable and these new appointments follow the restructuring put forward through the Cricket Pipeline Committee and approved by the board in February,” Lorgat said in a press release.

Conrad, who has franchise coaching experience with the Cape Cobras, said he was excited to get the opportunity to work with youngsters.

“There is a lot of talent that needs to be prepared for franchise and I am excited to be part of this programme. There is a lot to be done for youth cricket and I am happy with the job that I am undertaking,” Conrad said.

“I am focused on what I need to do. Ray Jennings has left some big shoes for us to fill, but it is a nice platform to build from.”

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