Arthur to speak on resignation

2010-01-26 11:10

Proteas coach Mickey Arthur is expected to give reasons for his

shock resignation on Wednesday.

Proteas media manager Michael Owen-Smith said on Tuesday morning

that he could neither confirm nor deny the reports that Arthur had resigned, but

said Arthur and Cricket SA (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola would address the

media in Arthur’s home town, East London, on Wednesday morning.

Arthur was reported to have held talks with Majola in Johannesburg

on Monday. Their meeting followed a meeting of CSA and Proteas’ management last

week, where South Africa’s performance in the recent series against England was

discussed.

South Africa and England drew the Test series one-all, although

South Africa dominated three of the four Test matches.

Majola said before last week’s meeting that the meeting had been

planned in December and was not a reaction to South Africa’s failure to win the

series.

“The Proteas are our greatest asset and the meeting will discuss

ways in which they can get even better,” Majola said.

“This is our last opportunity to meet with the management of the

team, including coach Mickey Arthur and captain Graeme Smith, before they go to

India and then on to the West Indies for the World Twenty20 and the tour of the

islands.

“The next time we can have a meeting like this is in June.

“Our financial year ends in April and we need to know what the

Proteas need to improve.

“Maybe they need a specialist coach of some kind, or more medical

staff – but we have to include that in our budget for the next financial

year.”

Arthur is understood to have resigned because of an irreparable

breakdown in relations with Smith.

Tension between the two was evident when Smith publicly challenged

remarks by Arthur that South Africa would have to take a few gambles to win the

fourth Test at the Wanderers and thereby level the series.

Last year was a difficult year for the Proteas, following on the

triumphs of 2008 when they beat England and Australia at home. However,

Australia won the return series in South Africa 2-1, and England held South

Africa to a one-all draw in the four Test series.

Arthur’s resignation comes just four days before the Proteas leave

for a tour of India, where they will play two Tests and three one-day

internationals.

It is reported that the head of CSA’s High Performance Centre,

Corrie van Zyl, has been appointed interim coach.


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