CSA grants Hudson another two years

2013-07-20 00:00

CRICKET South Africa (CSA) has given current national convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson another two years in the position, through to the end of the ICC World Cup in Australasia in 2015.

Making the announcement yesterday, CSA added two new selectors in former KZN wicketkeeper Linda Zondi and former Gauteng all-rounder Hussein Manack.

Zondi takes over as convenor of the national U19 panel, having been a member of the first official U19 side to tour England in 1995 under the auspices of the United Cricket Board of South Africa. This tour launched the careers of Neil McKenzie, Boeta Dippenaar, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher and Makhaya Ntini.

Shafiek Abrahams is retained on the panel, and then there is the ex-officio appointment of Russell Domingo as Proteas head coach. Also on the panel, but in a non-voting capacity, are CSA high-performance manager Vinnie Barnes and CSA transformation manager Max Jordaan.

“I am delighted to be re-appointed and continue to serve cricket in the country,” said Hudson. “Much work has been done in the past three years with foundations and set-ups put in place. Most of this has come to fruition and the prime focus is currently on the ODI and T20 squads going forward.”

Hudson said it was a privilege to hold his position and, despite South Africa at the top of the Test ratings, there was no room for complacency.

“Our Test team is well established, but could undergo big changes in the next two years. Someone such as Jacques Kallis is at the other end of his career and we need to be on top of such a situation, having players who can fill the void and play at the top level,” said Hudson. “A team can only perform at the top for a certain time and we always need to be looking ahead, grooming those we believe good enough to take over the mantle.”

Speaking on the current ODI and T20 Protea tour to Sri Lanka, Hudson said it was a great opportunity for both teams to express themselves and play solid cricket in tricky conditions.

“Obviously, a series win in both formats away from home and on the sub-continent would be first prize,” he said. “It would be the ideal confidence booster ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh and the tournament in Australasia. It’s a process and I believe we have the right players on both teams as we prepare for these major tournaments.”

CSA acting chief executive Naasei Appiah said the board needed a stronger independent component to the selection committee.

“The previous panel had members who were employed by CSA. Now the national coach is the only voting member of the panel employed by CSA,” he said.

As part of their mandate, a selector would be on duty at all franchise matches in all competitions, he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.