Cricket SA backs Mark Boucher for World Cup glory, won’t replace Nkwe

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Mark Boucher and Enoch Nkwe might have to split up to help the Proteas juggle their assignments against Pakistan and Australia (Gallo Images)

Mark Boucher and Enoch Nkwe might have to split up to help the Proteas juggle their assignments against Pakistan and Australia (Gallo Images)

  • The Proteas will be without an assistant coach for next month’s T20 World Cup following Enoch Nkwe’s resignation.
  • Cricket South Africa acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki said that the national team would send specialist consultants to the T20 tournament.
  • Moseki insisted that the entire CSA board and members council back the under-fire Mark Boucher and his team to perform in the UAE.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki confirmed on Thursday that the Proteas will be without an assistant coach at next month’s T20 World Cup.

This comes following Enoch Nkwe’s controversial resignation last month after stepping down with “concerns about the functioning and culture of the team environment”.

Nkwe stepped down two days before the Proteas’ tour of Sri Lanka and just before next month’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

On Thursday, CSA named the Proteas’ T20 World Cup squad at the governing body’s 2021/22 season launch.

Moseki revealed that the Proteas would only confirm Nkwe’s replacement following the tournament and said they’d be employing short-term consultants in the interim.

“I’ve engaged with the team and DOC and basically what we decided because of the short-term nature and urgency from the World Cup, there won’t be an assistant coach appointment,” said Moseki at a CSA press conference on Thursday.

“The team will receive a number of specialist consultants that will go with them to the World Cup. 

“We’ll be starting a process to start identifying who will be the assistant coach.”

Meanwhile, Director of Cricket (DOC) Graeme Smith was disappointed to see Nkwe go but said he understood his decision.

“Losing Enoch at this stage is disappointing, he has been an integral part in our leadership group,” said Smith.

“We had a number of engagements at the time with him to when he decided to walk away.

“I’ve got to respect his decision, it’s disappointing for us, we see value in Enoch. I’m sure he’ll come into a very valuable position within South African cricket.”

In the build-up to the T20 World Cup, the mood surrounding the Proteas and Boucher is at an all-time low.

Moseki insisted that Boucher had the board’s support ahead of the T20 tournament, scheduled from 17 October to 14 November.

“The whole team, including the coach, has the full backing of CSA and that’s the board and members’ council. And I hope the whole of South Africa backs them too because they’re representing us,” said Moseki.

“We want the team to do well and the coach is a very important component of that.”

The Proteas take on Sri Lanka in the first of three T20s on Friday in Colombo (16:30 SA time).

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