New Proteas coaches will have an uphill battle

SA U19 coach Shukri Conrad during the CSA 3 – Day Provincial Cup cricket match between SA U19 and Northern Cape on the 26 March 2021 at Country Club B , Kimberly / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Enock Nkwe, the head of Cricket South Africa (CSA), announced the names of Shukri Conrad and Rob Walter as the new national team coaches earlier this week. After Mark Bourcher’s departure at the end of 2022, the two men took over from interim coach Malibongwe Maketa.

Conrad and Walter have signed four-year contracts with Cricket South Africa, but they are expected to start next month when the Proteas host the West Indies in Test matches.

The two coaches will face a difficult task in restoring the South African national cricket team to its former glory.

It is a difficult task that necessitates the collaboration of coaches, cricket players, and general administrators from all over South Africa. The coaches will choose a captain or retain the current captains, Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma.

Nkwe said that this is a matter for the coaches to resolve. “I need to sit down with the coaches and talk about what they’re thinking. I believe it is critical to give them the opportunity to discuss the next steps with the captains. It is critical that we are fully committed to the decision we will make,” Nkwe said.

“We will consider it if the captains believe they can contribute in the next two years because we want everything to go smoothly. We don’t want something set up and then taken down.

“We need to know who the next captains are so that we can support them. That is why we need to talk – but we don’t want anyone fired because we want stability in our team,” Nkwe told the media this while speaking to them.

The main task for the new coaches will be to lead the Proteas to the World Cup, which will be held later this year in India.