Mahatlane: I empathise with Ray

2014-04-25 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Lawrence Mahatlane, the new coach of the South African U19 cricket team, can empathise with Ray Jennings, because he had gone through the same mill.

Mahatlane is also fully aware of the perception that he only got the job because of his skin colour, but he said he has the proven track record to achieve his aims.

“If I did not think I was up to the task I would not have applied. I have now been involved in cricket for 17 years and the game is in my blood,” Mahatlane said yesterday. He added he was, however, not someone who likes the spotlight and would rather quietly get on with his job.

Mahatlane was the assistant coach for the national U19 team under the late Hylton Ackermann in 2002. In 2003, he was the coach on the tour to India and the next year he was assistant coach for the senior side under Russell Domingo.

“I have thus been to two World Cup tournaments and know the set-up,” he said. “I realise all too well there are no short cuts to success and that hard work lies ahead to be successful.”

Mahatlane said he wants to make the development of the game his priority and looks forward to finding the next Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini in places like Limpopo and other rural areas.

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