CSA boss denies hand in Biff saga

2011-04-07 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola yesterday emphatically denied a newspaper report that he had given Proteas’ captain Graeme Smith permission to stay behind in India at the end of South Africa’s ICC Cricket World Cup campaign.

“At no stage did I discuss the matter with Graeme,” said Majola.

“The matter was dealt with by senior team management.”

Meanwhile, CSA yesterday launched the process, which is expected take a couple of months, to appoint the new head coach of the Proteas.

The panel appointed to make its recommendation to the board of CSA had its first meeting on Tuesday to review the list of applicants and plan the way forward.

“We are not able to announce the names of the candidates on our short list because of confidentiality issues, as some of the candidates are currently still under contract,” said Majola.

He said that there would be no rush to fill the position and it was important that the process should be allowed to take its course.

“The interview process will start in the week of May 16 and this will give us time to brief the candidates fully on the issues we wish them to address. Panel interviews, Presentations and In-Depth Dimensional Assessments will all form part of the comprehensive selection process.”

Majola also announced that Professor Johann Coetzee has been added to the panel and will lead the In-Depth Dimensional Assessment process.

“It is very important that we have an independent voice from outside the structures of Cricket South Africa,” he said.

Professor Coetzee is a human development consultant and consulting psychologist. He also has a strong sporting background having represented Free State in rugby, swimming and water polo.

The panel are: Professor Johan Coetzee, Gerald Majola, Andy O’Connor (CSA Cricket Committee chairperson), Boeta Dippenaar (SA Cricketers’ Association representative), Andrew Hudson (CSA selection convener) and Corrie van Zyl (head coach, CSA High Performance Centre).

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