South Africa cricket has got themselves into a pretty bad state: Mark Boucher
Boucher is optimistic of things turning around.
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South African cricket hasn’t had much joy in the last few months. The Proteas slumped in their 2019 World Cup campaign, losing almost everything. Their recent tour of India was an insult to injury. Albeit the visitors managed to win a solitary T20I in Bengaluru, Faf du Plessis and Co got whitewashed 3-0 in the Test series. All three red-ball fixtures turned out to be one-sided affairs.
If the results on the field weren’t enough, there’s a legal battle going on between Cricket South Africa and the South African Cricketers Association (SACA). Owing to the same, three of the senior officials were suspended last week. Mark Boucher, the former South African cricketer, is a tad concerned with the state of cricket in the country. But he is optimistic of things turning around.
“There might be quite a few people looking at this and saying we’re sugarcoating the actual situation we are in with South African cricket at the moment. We’ve got ourselves into a pretty bad state. Hopefully there are some clever heads there to try and turn things around,” Boucher, who retired from international cricket in 2012, was quoted as saying in Sport24.
There’s a lot of negativity in South Africa cricket, reckons Boucher
Boucher has a massive task ahead of him as he is the coach of the Tshwane Spartans in the second edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL). The Spartans didn’t have the greatest of outings last time around and will be playing it’s first match against Durban Heat on Saturday at the Kingsmead.
Boucher believes the MSL won’t be solution to solving the issues in South Africa cricket. The veteran reckons that negativity has marred their cricket and too much emphasis shouldn’t be put on the T20 tournament. Rather, the focus should more be on the ‘bigger problems.
“The tournament will be well supported as it was last year, but we’ve got to be very careful with putting too much emphasis on this tournament. There are bigger problems that need to be sorted out. It’s sad to read, watch and listen about our cricket. There’s a lot of negativity,” Boucher added.
In the India series, Du Plessis was removed as the T20I skipper and Quinton de Kock replaced him. As per Faf, the MSL is the start of the road to Australia for the T20 World Cup.