The Hack: Proteas can learn a lesson from Zimbabwe

I can’t believe that I’m about to say this but…. maybe we should take a lesson from Zimbabwe.

Now I’m not talking about using their political or economic situation as a case study but rather the example put forward by the administrators of cricket in the country and the way they’ve dealt with an underwhelming performance.

It came as something of a shock this week that the Zimbabwe Cricket board had relieved both coach Dav Whatmore and captain Hamilton Masakadza of their duties after a poor showing at the ICC World T20 in April.

A bold move, some might say completely out of the blue but credit must go to the powers that be for taking decisive action. Whether or not it was the right move will only be discovered as the team grows under new coach Makhaya Ntini.

The same cannot be said for Cricket South Africa who, after making a bold proclamation that a full review into the dismal showing by the Proteas at the same showpiece, appear to have done nothing to try and remedy the situation.

Sports fans are a bloodthirsty bunch. The media too at times when warranted and both sectors wanted answers after the national cricket side were bundled out of a tournament they headed into as favourites in the first round.

People wanted heads to roll. The target was placed on coach Russell Domingo’s back but he seems to have dodged the bullet for now.

South Africans have become used to commissions of enquiry, independent reviews and the like. It seems to be the status quo nowadays. But the big thing, as least from my point of view, is that there’s never really any resolution.

The four person independent panel that was meant to look into the failings of the Proteas hasn’t even managed to agree on a time, date and venue for their first meeting. As one website wrote this week, it’s been ‘abandoned’. Confirmed as much by renowned sports scientist Dr Ross Tucker on his Twitter account and yet to be denied by a press release.

The review into the state of domestic cricket has also failed to gather any momentum and there seems to be no end in sight with regards to a resolution when it comes to the match-fixing scandal that rocked the Ram Slam T20.

Some might argue that Masakadza and Whatmore may just be scapegoats. Soft targets given the positions they held within the Zimbabwean setup. But if anything it demonstrates an element of accountability.

Something that seems to be lacking within South Africa’s sporting structures.

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