Cricket coach controversy

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28 January 2010

Mickey Arthur’s shock resignation as coach of the Proteas and the firing of the selection committee days before the team was scheduled to leave for India left many questions hanging over the national team and Cricket South Africa.

The biggest issue was the extent of the loss of Arthur to the sport.

Jeremy Fredericks, cricket commentator for broadcaster SuperSport, said the resignation of any coach would be a heavy loss, especially one as successful as Arthur. “He has been the coach for almost five years and he beat England and Australia away, which on its own is worth applauding. The only surprising thing is he chose to leave so close to the Indian tour. It will destroy the rhythm of the team. Were things so bad he couldn’t wait until they got back?”

Fredericks believes Kepler Wessels should be given the full-time job in Arthur’s place. “He’s a hard taskmaster who won’t bargain and he demands iron discipline and fitness. He can be aloof, unsmiling and unsympathetic but he can instil steel in the team.”

Former star batsman Lance Klusener believes Arthur’s departure is a great loss to SA cricket. “He took the Proteas to a No 1 ranking and no one can say he didn’t get the job done. It’s too bad it ended in tears.”

Klusener supports the choice of Corrie van Zyl as interim coach, even if only for the tour to India.

“But if he wants the job permanently he’ll be judged on the performance of a team he had no say in selecting. I’m not sure who should take over in the long term but it should be a South African coach. Maybe Gary Kirsten should be given a shot.”

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