Zondi a surprise choice as selection convenor

Times Media

TELFORD VICE, Cape Town

CRICKET SA’s (CSA) decision to appoint Linda Zondi as convenor of selectors on Tuesday is surprising because of his relative inexperience on the panel and the presence on the same committee of candidates with better playing credentials.

But Zondi’s elevation is in line with CSA’s commitment to “aggressive transformation” – he is the first black African to hold the position.

“There’s a moral obligation to get things right (on transformation),” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat told an audience in Johannesburg on Tuesday night.

Zondi, who became a national selector in July, 2013, replaces former test opener Andrew Hudson, who said in April he would step down after five years as convenor.

Zondi played three first-class matches for Natal B and KwaZulu-Natal B from February, 1997 to February 1999. He batted at No. 7 and No. 8, scoring 35 runs in four innings, and neither bowled nor kept wicket.

Ashwell Prince and Errol Stewart are new faces on the panel. Prince was a rock in SA’s batting order for 66 tests while Stewart played 98 first-class games and six one-day internationals.

Hussein Manack, a veteran of 52 first-class matches, was retained. He told Times Media on Tuesday night that he would relinquish his directorship of the Gauteng Cricket Board, a conflict of interest that would have prevented him from serving as a selector.

Shafiek Abrahams was nominated for another term on the panel but his tenure ended.

SA’s death bowling consultant at the 2015 World Cup, Charl Langeveldt, replaces Allan Donald as bowling coach.

Head coach Russell Domingo’s contract has been extended until April 30, 2017.

The rest of the SA team’s support staff is unchanged.

The decisions were taken at a CSA board meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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