South Africa speedster Lonwabo Tsotsobe wants to mentor young cricketers
"I reckon I am too old to get a second chance."
Updated - Mar 29, 2019 7:25 pm
Lonwabo Tsotsobe seems to be a forgotten man. He was a regular member of the South African white-ball sides. In fact, in March 2012, he even rose to the No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers. He took 121 international wickets for South Africa with his last international game coming back in 2014 at the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.
In April 2017, he was charged by Cricket South Africa (CSA) for multiple breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code during South Africa’s domestic T20 tournament, Ram Slam in 2015. In July 2017, he was banned for eight years by the CSA for his involvement in the 2015 corruption case of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge which is South Africa’s premier domestic T20 tournament.
He was the seventh player to be sanctioned by the CSA’s anti-corruption code unit. Gulam Bodi, Alviro Petersen, Thami Tsolekile, Jean Symes, Pumelela Matshikwe and Ethy Mbhalati were the other players involved. All of them received bans which ranged from 2 to 20 years.
Tsotsobe wants to mentor young kids
Lonwabo Tsotsobe is now 35 years old and he’s served just two years of his ban. By the time his ban lifts, he will be 40. Hence, he acknowledges the fact that his playing days are long gone. However, he still wants to be involved in the game. He wants to mentor young kids and share his experience.
“As far as playing cricket again is concerned, I reckon I am too old to get a second chance. However, with the experience I gained playing for South Africa for six years, it would be a dream to mentor the young kids and give back to the game in the future,” Tsotsobe was quoted saying by Sport24.
The former left-arm pacer reckoned that it was initially tough to cope up with the ban. However, a strong support system has helped and his mom did a great job with him.