Kirsten announces shake-up for Proteas

2011-06-24 00:00

JOHANNESBURG— Goolam Rajah, a long-serving management member of the South African cricket team, will soon stand down, and the Proteas will soon be able to call on the services of one of the world’s leading sports psychologists, Paddy Upton.

Those were the decisions taken on Wednesday when new Proteas coach Gary Kirsten and his management team held their first brainstorming session on the way forward.

Kirsten was appointed successor to Corrie van Zyl at the beginning of the month following South Africa’s shock defeat at the quarter-final stage of the World Cup tournament in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. On Wednesday he met assistant coaches Russell Domingo and Allan Donald, as well as the rest of the Proteas management team, at O.R. Tambo Airport.

Sport24 understands that Rajah, who has been involved with the South Africans since 1991, will hand over the reins as logistics manager after the home series against Australia.

The former world champions arrive in October for two Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games.

Paddy Upton is set to join with the team at its training camp.

The 42-year-old Capetonian was one of the South Africans in Kirsten’s coaching team when India won the World Cup for the first time in 28 years in April. He replaces Henning Gericke, who was the psychologist for the triumphant Springbok team during the 2007 World Cup and worked with the Proteas for the past year. Upton will be used only as a consultant, not as a permanent appointment.

While there is still no place for Jonty Rhodes, who is one of the game’s best fielders of all time, Mike Young, a former baseball player and manager, is set to join the Proteas as a part-time fielding consultant.

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