Jennings ‘shattered’ at loss of contract

2014-04-25 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Ray Jennings is absolutely shattered after his contract as national Under-19 cricket coach was not renewed.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday informed Jennings that his application for the post was not successful. With his contract set to expire at the end of this month, Jennings re-applied for the role.

‘Jet’ was overlooked despite leading the South African Under-19 side to their first ever World Cup title earlier this year.

CSA instead appointed Shukri Conrad as national academy head coach and Lawrence Mahatlane as national Under-19 team head coach. “I would like to congratulate both individuals on their respective appointments and wish them well as we re-organise ourselves for greater success in future,” CSA chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, said via a statement released on Wednesday. “I would also like to thank Ray Jennings for his fantastic service as our Under-19 head coach over the past nine years. Change is inevitable and these new appointments follow the restructuring put forward through the Cricket Pipeline Committee and approved by the board in February.”

Jennings, in an interview, said he was “shattered” when he heard the news.

He said he’ll be jobless in less than a week and wonders how he will be able to provide for his family and pay his bills.

He said his whole life “changed drastically” with one phone call and it was “tough to process”.

Corrie van Zyl, CSA’s general manager of cricket, said the possibility exists for them to use Jennings as a consultant in future. Van Zyl said change was inevitable and that it would be unfair to say that Jennings was axed for political reasons.

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