Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani fired a warning shot at the Proteas on Tuesday and said heads would roll after the team’s ‘shocking failure’ at the Cricket World Cup in England.
The Proteas surrendered any hope of reaching the tournament’s semifinals with two games still to be played after their 49-run defeat to Pakistan on Sunday.
Nenzani did not mince his words and said the team’s poor performances would be high on the agenda when the CSA board meets on July 20.
“What is the best way of putting it‚ it is a shocking failure‚” Nenzani told TimesLIVE on Tuesday. “We selected the best team available. “We chose the players we believed were the best in the country to represent the nation at the World Cup. We really believed that the team we selected would go out there and compete.”
The South Africans are languishing second from the bottom with only one win from seven matches.
Coach Ottis Gibson and other members of the management are approaching the end of their contracts and Nenzani said this would also be on the agenda.
“The tournament is still on at the moment to talk about the coach’s contract. “But we are waiting for it to finish and we will make an assessment then‚” he said.
Nenzani said while changes are inevitable‚ they would be rational during their deliberations for the benefit of the sport in the country.
“We are not going to be irresponsible or irrational in our deliberations during the assessment but we are going to take decisions for the best of the sport in our country. Definitely‚ there are going to be changes in the set-up. But at the moment I can’t say what is going to be nature and form of those changes.”