Cape Cobras ditch Gibbs

2012-04-19 08:07
Herschelle Gibbs (File)
Cape Town - The Cape Cobras have signed forgotten pace bowler Monde Zondeki for the 2012/13 season, but offered no contract to batsman Herschelle Gibbs.

Zondeki was out in the wilderness for the past 18 months since he last represented the Cape franchise. He played a couple of games for Eastern Province's amateur side the past season.

Die Burger reports that the Cobras' lack of luring successful bowlers to the Cape prompted them to sign the 29-year-old Zondeki.

It is also the first time since the 1990/91 season, when Gibbs made his debut for Western Province's 'B' team, that he won't play for the Cape side.

The Cobras are also still without a coach after Richard Pybus resigned last month.

Pybus said he was undermined in his job by a range of issues to do with Western Cape Cricket (WCC) CEO Andre Odendaal and the franchise.

His resignation came as a surprise since the team had won three trophies out of a possible six in the past two seasons under him.

However, even though his effectiveness as a coach had been widely lauded, a range of issues which had been simmering within the Cobras squad led to a player delegation recently meeting with Odendaal.

These issues are believed to include what some players termed “questionable selections”, not giving young local players opportunities and the granting of a new two-year contract to captain Justin Kemp, while some believed he had not been performing consistently enough.

The Cobras will announce their new coach on July 1.

Cobras squad for the 2012/13 season:

Qaasim Adams, Alistair Gray, Beuran Hendricks, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, Johan Louw, Justin Ontong, Andrew Puttick, Yaseen Vallie, Stiaan Van Zyl, Dane Vilas, Monde Zondeki

Junior contracts:
Dane Piedt, Siyabulela Simetu, Lizaad Williams

National players:
Mark Boucher, JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn


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