Cobras cut ties with Conrad

2010-04-16 16:48

Johannesburg - South African first-class cricket champions the Cape Cobras announced on Friday that they had sacked coach Shukri Conrad as the domestic franchise goes in search of a "fresh face" for the 2010/2011 season.

Conrad has coached the side for the last five years, but Western Cape Cricket (WCC) chief executive Andre Odendaal said the board of directors had "reviewed the situation and decided that a fresh face was needed to take the Cobras to the next level".

Conrad played five first-class games for Western Province in the 1994/95 season, and also coached the Highveld Lions in 2004 before taking up the post at the Western Cape franchise in July 2005.

The Cobras secured three trophies with Conrad at the helm - winning the MTN One-Day Championship in 2006/07 and the Standard Bank Pro20 title in 2008/09 before lifting the SuperSport Series trophy this past season.

"Shukri Conrad has done a good job and still has a lot to offer cricket," said WCC chairman Mohamed Ebrahim. "We thank him for his contribution and wish him well for the future."

The franchise said they would advertise shortly for a new coach to fill the post.


  • JohanP - 2010-04-16 17:19

    Something is amiss again..... typical SA sport. The man is on a winning streak, now they need a "fresh face". Did his face win or stop winning the titles? So the Cobra's ought to win more titles with a fresh face at the helm. Wonder what that "fresh face" will think, knowing faces become so old so quick.

  • JustinD - 2010-04-16 17:45

    At last....

  • Bill Tong - 2010-04-16 18:36

    And not a moment too soon! Maybe some of the white lighties will get a look in. Sorry Shukri but you team had a very coloured slant to it, pal. Granted there was some talent and you managed to get 'the special one' JP Duminy into the big league but others like "Lucky" Ontong (played a test because of Arendse's interference), "Butterfingers" Philander (who droppeed a few sitters in national colours) to name two are just not up to it. Add to that the monumental arrogance and lack of judgement of letting Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher and Jaques Kallis go to the Border Warriors (who won all the other trophies) because "we didn't need them" and you can see why its ta-ta time.

  • Ron - 2010-04-16 19:12

    Was this not the same fool that chased the Cobra's greats to the Warriors, eventually things do come home to roost. Like Luke Watson, he will learn that a loose mouth will never gather respect.

  • @JohaP - 2010-04-16 19:16

    Don't be so ignorant! 5 years is a long time. Personally I don't think he did much for the team except frown.

  • Henfam - 2010-04-16 20:51

    What planet is JohanP living on? One title a year does not a good coach make!

  • Henfam - 2010-04-16 20:53

    What planet is JohanP living on? One title a year does not a good coach make!

  • Cyril Slopehead - 2010-04-17 07:44

    The best thing for the Cobra's.Conrad is arrogant, confrontational and self important. Not a personality you want fas a coach.

  • HPD - 2010-04-17 07:59

    I agree with JohanP, something is going on here. He is/was not the best coach and I personally cannot handle him but he got a few results. My main concern is that the Proteas still have to sort out their coach and he is the right colour for that position. I am looking for a reason to write off the Proteas completely and Shukri might just be it. Watch the space....

  • Nabeal - 2010-04-17 14:42

    I think Shukri did a good job with the Cobras, Lets face it he has experience in coaching arena and he brought some silverware home to Province. Our expectations will always be to be the champions in every competition but its impossible. W.r.t. the colour issue ...i dont see any flaws in this regard. I personally know the way Shukri selects and it will be purely on merit. However I do think that the time is right to discover new adventures , new ideas. Its the way sport evolves. It will only bring out the best in the Cobras. All the best Shukri.

  • liza - 2010-04-17 19:24

    not a moment too soon!! He has not improved the Cobra's at all. In fact they have forgotten how to field under his tutelage. We lost great players to the Warriors, and who can blame them for going?

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