Fri. Aug 23rd, 2019

Cricket World Cup 2019: No transformation targets for Proteas selectors

faf du plessis cricketThe Proteas will not be given transformation targets for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

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Cricket South Africa have announced that the Proteas ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 squad will not be subject to transformation targets.

The squad will be announced in two weeks time and CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe says that Chief selector Linda Zondi, coach Ottis Gibson and captain Faf du Plessis have been given no directives on the makeup of the group.

Speaking at the launch of the T20 Challenge, formerly the Ram Slam Challenge, Moroe said: “No targets have been given. It’s up to the convener of selectors and his team‚ the coach and captain to decide what the final 15 will look like.

“I’d like to think that they will have that sort of picture in mind and most importantly they will choose the final 15 that represents the best that we have in the country. The other thing is that they will have comfort that the team can go out there to win the tournament.”

CSA currently operate on a system that calculates transformation targets across the entire season rather than strictly enforcing numbers on individual fixtures.

Against the backdrop of the allegations (made by AB de Villiers in his autobiography AB) that former CEO Haroon Lorgat ordered Vernon Philander be selected ahead of Kyle Abbott for the 2015 World Cup semi-final, Moroe made it clear that all playing XIs fielded during the World Cup will be determined by team management without board interference.

“We have always taken a stance that we don’t know what the playing conditions will be like on a given match day. So‚ the final eleven will follow an agreement between the convener of selectors‚ together with the coach and captain on a particular day. It will be their decision who the players that are going to represent all of us as South Africans are. They will pick a team that is suitable to win a specific match and not to push a certain agenda”

You can take a look at who Supersport’s panel of experts would take to the World Cup and select your own 15 here.

The Proteas play the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against England at the Oval on 30 May.

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