It's all change after the cricket World Cup

2011-04-21 00:00

IN the wake of the 2011 ICC World Cup, world cricket is witnessing a changing of the guard. As national teams look ahead to the next event to be hosted in 2015, wholesale personnel changes are being made in a post World Cup clearout.

National coaching positions appear wide open with some high-profile vacancies and in India’s case some big boots to fill.

Eldine Baptiste has resigned as coach of Kenya two months before his contract was due to expire. The gradual decline in Kenyan cricket and their woeful display in the Word Cup, which saw them lose all six matches, has Cricket Kenya casting the net wide for his replacement

Bangladesh have opted not to renew the contract of their coach, Jamie Siddons, after they failed to live up to their ambitious World Cup expectations.

Sri Lankan coach Trevor Bayliss, who announced that he would step down after the World Cup has been replaced in the interim by another Australian, Stuart Law.

Law will be in charge for Sri Lanka’s tour to England whereafter Bayliss’s successor will be announced.

The England Cricket Board is scrambling to secure the services of Andy Flower after reports that he is on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) short list as a replacement for Gary Kirsten.

A long term deal looks likely to see Flower retain his English post with an added protection clause to prevent the ECB from losing him to a third party.

The BCCI is preparing a short list of candidates to replace Gary Kirsten.

Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne has murmured that he is eyeing the job, but this has not been confirmed by the BCCI.

Pakistan is on the look out for a sorely needed batting coach after Javed Miandad turned down the position due to personal reasons.

Pakistan’s batting has come under the spotlight after none of their batsmen appeared in the top 20 run scorers in the 2011 World Cup.

John Buchanan has been appointed as the new director of cricket for New Zealand. John Wright will continue as coach with Buchanan assuming a hands-off role.

Buchanan’s priorities will be to appoint a captain to replace Daniel Vettori and a new selection panel.

Legendary Barbadian Desmond Haynes has been appointed as the West Indies batting consultant under coach Ottis Gibson for their home series against Pakistan.

Perhaps the most shocking announcement has been the decision by the West Indies cricket board to drop Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shiv Chanderpaul from their squad. This move is further proof that West Indies cricket remains in the mire of egoes and political agendas.

Tillakaratne Dilshan’s appointment as Sri Lankan captain to replace Kumar Sangakarra has met with mixed reaction, while New Zealand vacillate between Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum as a replacement for Vettori.

On the back of their 3-0 whitewash of Bangladesh, Michael Clarke has returned to Australia where he along with past players and captains will be involved in the Don Argus review.

The purpose of the review is to investigate the decline in Australia’s performance.

It’s hoped that discussions will lead to new direction and better fortunes for the men down under.

South African cricket has personnel issues of its own. Friday’s decision by the high court in Johannesburg ordering Cricket South Africa to reinstate its former president, Mtutuzeli Nyoka, shows that CSA’s internal wranglings are far from over.

Administrators’ agendas aside, let’s hope the announcement of Corrie van Zyl’s replacement and a new ODI captain expected in June will signal an exciting new era for South African cricket.

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