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In besieged Boucher's favour: SA's sickly T20 World Cup record

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Mark Boucher (Gallo)
Mark Boucher (Gallo)

That the completion of the major business of ICC T20 World Cup in October will roughly coincide with the midway point of Mark Boucher’s scheduled four-year deal as Proteas head coach is unlikely to go unnoticed by detractors.

Initially contracted up to completion of the next version of the 50-overs World Cup in 2023 - like the T20 one, also to be staged in India - the national team’s current pickle, with unusually low rankings in all three international formats, means the feisty, multiple record-holding former SA wicketkeeper is inevitably under a thickening cloud.

Whenever head coaches (not just in cricket) are given four-year terms between World Cup cycles, they are generally also handed a certain “grace” period - often the first two years - in which to set out their stalls properly, and more or less regardless of results achieved in that time.

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