Symcox hits out: Cricket SA has become like Eskom

Pat Symcox (Gallo Images)
Pat Symcox (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Proteas spinner Pat Symcox has hit out at the top brass of Cricket South Africa (CSA) following another Cricket World Cup disaster.

It followed the Proteas' four-wicket defeat to New Zealand in Birmingham on Wednesday, their fourth loss in six World Cup matches which leaves their hopes of reaching the playoffs in tatters.

Symcox, who played 80 ODIs for South Africa between 1993 and 1999, shared his views on Facebook on Thursday morning.

The 59-year-old said the blame should be laid at the door of CSA, who he compared to troubled public electricity utility, Eskom.

"Let us be very clear on one thing... Cricket SA has become the ESKOM of our sport. The product is poor and the business model is outdated largely through a production line that is incapable of competing in the market-place," Symcox wrote.

He added: "It is intellectually bankrupt. Self-correction will not happen sadly. It will need a massive overhaul. Unfortunately though, any narrative that does not conform and is not aligned to the current system of governance will be rebuked and rejected out of handas both derogatory and not in the interests of those currently charged with keeping the keys to the future of so many.

"I await the announcement of the investigative process that will surely follow and look forward to seeing who will be tasked to be a part of that. I remain convinced that the players selected, by and large, were the best we had and that each one was trying their best to win the World Cup for all of us back home... sadly, as a collective unit they were just not good enough."

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