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Ntini ‘to quit SA’

2010-01-03 15:47

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – Dropped for the third Test against England at Newlands here, Makhaya Ntini may be wasting no time in moving on from his distinguished, 101-cap Test career for South Africa.

Former England batsman and now cricket scribe Steve James revealed in London’s Sunday Telegraph that the veteran fast bowler had already signed a pre-contract with Middlesex, with a view to joining the county for the 2010 season on a Kolpak deal.

He said an announcement of Ntini’s impending retirement from the international arena was possible as early as the end of the Newlands Test.

Cricket South Africa media officer Michael Owen-Smith told Sport24 on Sunday they had no knowledge of any new plans by Ntini, who is contracted to them until the end of April.

But the 32-year-old extending his career in fresh pastures seems a reasonably obvious and shrewd move, after his mounting impotence as an international strike factor was painfully evident in the first two Tests at Centurion and Kingsmead respectively – he had figures of two for 223 over those matches.

Friedel de Wet was predictably preferred for the third Test, earning a second cap after his success in the opening Test at SuperSport Park.

Ntini, once a cattle-herder who hails from a small Eastern Cape village, made his poignant debut for South Africa in 1997/98, for a one-day international against New Zealand in Perth, and until fairly recently had served the Proteas with great aplomb.

Especially renowned for his stamina and aggression before the ravages of ageing and workload began to take a visible toll, he boasts 390 Test scalps at 28.82 and 266 wickets from 173 ODIs at 24.65.

If he does join Middlesex, he will play much of his cricket at the symbolic “home of cricket”, Lord’s, where he achieved a notable landmark of 10 wickets and a place on the coveted honours board in a 2003 Test triumph over England.

Sport24

Comments
  • Camel Man - 2010-01-03 15:56

    I would do the same. go and make some pounds and secure your retirement. Thanks Makaya, you have been a stalwart for SA cricket. All the best for the future.

  • BC - 2010-01-03 16:06

    Go well Makhaya. You will always be a legend.

  • SteveD - 2010-01-03 16:33

    Good luck Makaya - you never failed to entertain on field, even if your play wasn't the best all the time. It was an experience to watch you bowl.

  • Gen30 - 2010-01-03 16:42

    Go well, Makaya, you have done South Africa proud, and we love, all the best, A Great Servant of the Game of Cricket. May God bless you and your family

  • Paddy - 2010-01-03 16:45

    Go well and God be with you Makhaya! You have served your country exceptionally well...time to bow out and look after yourself! You will always be an ablsolute hero here in SA no matter what!

  • Gen30 - 2010-01-03 16:50

    Go well, Makaya, you have done South Africa proud, and we love, all the best, A Great Servant of the Game of Cricket. May God bless you and your family

  • Chamunorwa Mataranyika - 2010-01-03 17:04

    Its a giant leap forward Makaya. Its time to play in a more competitive environment now. all the best

  • Peter Hilterman - 2010-01-03 17:10

    Ntini is nothing more than a token black player, his bowling was not brilliant it was just accepted because of the need to transform cricket. I cant say he will be missed.

  • Bye - 2010-01-03 17:34

    Makhaya, ek like jou baie !!

  • LordWabbit - 2010-01-03 17:40

    Good luck - you are an awesome wicket taker, ZA will miss you. All our current bowlers suck. I wish you the best, and know that you will shine in whatever you do.

  • Felicity van Niekerk - 2010-01-03 17:49

    Dear Makaya,Your are a born Hero,,Thanks and go well,,will always be remembered,,by ordinary people,,You served your country,,,in a great fashion,,Hope you will be responsible,,and great amdassador,,All my Best,,That is my personal opinion,,You are Great ,Cheers,

  • Larry - 2010-01-03 17:51

    Go well Makaya, you served South Africa well.

  • ACEE - 2010-01-03 18:12

    GO WELL MAKHAYA, YOU HAVE DONE S.A. PROUD. GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY. YOU ARE A TRUE GENTLEMAN OF THE GAME.

  • ouklip - 2010-01-03 18:13

    You will be the insparation for a new generation of cricketers. Go well and enjoy

  • Tsepho - 2010-01-03 18:18

    Why go to England???? We need you in SA to train your replacements.

  • Old Dalians - 2010-01-03 18:20

    Good luck, you will always be our hero. Per Ardua Ad Astra.

  • cc - 2010-01-03 18:22

    Go well Makhaya. You have been a credit to yourself and SA cricket. I've watched you play a lot and have never seen you give less than your very best!

  • Benny - 2010-01-03 18:26

    @ Peter. There is one in every group, and you're it! Having got that little bit of ill cultured vindictiveness off you chest I'm sure you're feeling very smug with yourself? It's pretty obvious that you know very little about cricket and have not followed Ntini's career. Your comment is influenced by his last few games when he has not been at his best - but, that is no reason for your personal attack on a man who has been an inspiration to many cricket loving folk in this country!

  • Phelansa - 2010-01-03 18:26

    Ngiyabonga Nkankulu Makaya, You have done us proud! You deserve the oportunity to go look after your future now. Hamba kahle!

  • Superbob - 2010-01-03 18:27

    "Peter Hilterman" all i can say to your comment is that his 390 test wkts seems to suggest otherwise... Good luck Makaya, you served SA awesomely well in trying times, all the best and good luck.

  • Pedro - 2010-01-03 18:35

    Peter Hilterman, you are an idiot and obviously know very little about cricket. Take youre prejudice somewhere else we don't need them here!

  • kannah pillay - 2010-01-03 18:39

    go well makhanya, you did SA proud. A spell of " not taking wickets" does not mean you are not an asset to cricket,ALL cricketers fail to deliver at times.

  • Mike - 2010-01-03 18:47

    Good luck with yr future endeavours Makhaya! You have served SA well over the years, some good, some bad. Its also always better to retire a year too early than a year too late

  • darwinia - 2010-01-03 18:48

    To peter Hilterman which obviously should read Hitlerman. ou clearly haven't the foggiest idea about cricket. Makaya's figures speak for itself. He was there on merit from day one. Well done Makaya and good luck!

  • Nkopane - 2010-01-03 18:54

    Hamba kak'hle Ntini, you made us proud over the years. I hope you are not the last black-African face and success we see in CSA.

  • Chris - 2010-01-03 19:05

    Peter, Either you are being devil's advocate and trying to stir comment or you have absolutly no idea of the game of cricket Shame!!!! Go forward Makaya and thanks for the great service you have given to South Africa

  • Mani Thangadurai - 2010-01-03 19:13

    Would have wanted him to try and god for the magic 400 and join Shaun Pollock, but he's doing the right thing and it's a testament to his character that he doesn't care as much for records as he does for his national team. At this age it might be difficult to get back immediately and maybe he can add some years to a good first-class team.

  • Dubai Bok - 2010-01-03 19:18

    Salute to you Makhaya...you are a legend and your retire from Test cricket gracefully...hamba kahle Mdingi Express and you will always be one of our greatest.

  • greg - 2010-01-03 19:23

    Good Luck dude. We all know SA cricket has kept you going well after your sell bye date. thank goodness you have been dropped Cheers....

  • Sharks supporter - 2010-01-03 19:24

    Job well done, Mak. Fast bowlers know what to do in bad situations ... hit the pins out.

  • Andre - 2010-01-03 19:30

    If there was ever a man that make me proud to be a South African, it is you. Makhaya, my you have a prospourous future ahead.

  • Chris - 2010-01-03 19:31

    You were a great example to all SA cricketers to come. Excellent work ethics and fitness. Your timing is very good. Make some good pounds/euros and return to SA to build a new generation of your kind in the SA townships. You will be remebered as one of the greats in SA cricket. Go well!!!

  • LC - 2010-01-03 19:40

    GO WELL. THE FACT THAT YOU DO NOT MAKE THE TEAM DOES NOT MAKE ALL OTHER PLAYER BETTER THAN YOU..

  • xolani - 2010-01-03 19:59

    Clearly, all race groups respected you Makhaya. Nothing moved me than seeing the crouds at cricket stadiums in SA chanting your name. We all know who constituted majority there. Perhaps it is true that it is more about excencellence and refusind to settle for second best than the skin colour. Now I understand. Keep it up South Africa.

  • WTF - 2010-01-03 20:11

    Cheers Makkie...we're gonna miss your chatter from 3rd man, your sense of humour and your amazing spirit. Sad day for SA cricket... :~(

  • LLOYDSTER(U.K) - 2010-01-03 21:23

    Gee u all sound chauffed that he is finally out of the squad.I hope so,make place for a new kid on the block without the quotas stigma.The Proteas or parsnips as they call them here really need a true bowler to take the fight to the poms.Someone with Ntinis stamina,Pollocks perfect line and length and Donalds pace we may stand a chance for a upset in our backyard.

  • Camel Man - 2010-01-03 21:58

    @peter hilterman. One word sums you up--Doos.

  • Carly - 2010-01-03 22:13

    Speak for yourself PH . Makhaya has served his country well and will be missed, We wish you a happy future wherever you settle, they will be lucky to have you play for them.

  • Gen30 - 2010-01-03 22:32

    @Peter, people like you should have left this country years ago, or better still should never have settled here in the 1st place. Go well Makaya, we will miss you. And what you did for the youngster were just beautiful

  • wazzawena - 2010-01-03 23:03

    @Peter - here is some education you dumb twat!!! 7/37 against West Indies in WI, 6/59 against Pakistan in SA, 6/100 against the mighty Australia in SA during the OZ dominant era. This is NOT a token, he is far more competent and successful than you will ever be. To all who want to join me in wishing the Express a warm, heartfelt bon voyage and keep the SA flag flying. Oh just to set the records straight, I am white South African who does not support token players but am humble enough to recognise talent when I see one. GO MAKI GO!!!!

  • Nathi - 2010-01-03 23:17

    With a lump on my throat I say thank you to most of the comments about one of our (SA) greatest. Colour was never an issue with Makaya but perfomance/delivery. I am glad we thank him while he is still alive. WE LOVE YOU NTINI. May god bless you and your family. To Pieter Hitlerman and greg, you are entitled to your rotten opinions.

  • Birdman - 2010-01-04 00:06

    Makhaya is the epitome of what can be achieved by an individual with a positive attitude and an ardent desire to be the best. No stupid antics or bad sportmanship ever. Your professionalism shone through even when the going was tough. Well done Sir, and may you continue to reach your goals! Good Luck to you and your family!

  • NICO - 2010-01-04 00:58

    WHERE DID THAT BLOODY IDIOT COME FROM PETER HITLERMAN GO SUCK EGGS.MAKAYA YOU WERE GREAT AND A CREDIT TO S.A.

  • MD - 2010-01-04 01:14

    Makaya has been a great ambassador of SA cricket internationally. Makaya, thanks for some great entertainment and best wishes for your secure future in the English county game. Apart from some ill-informed and objectionable comments on this website, I am pleased to be part of the better informed well-wishers. An English supporter and international fan of good cricket.

  • Chris in Oz - 2010-01-04 02:19

    He served his country well. Thanks for the memories Makhaya. But he should have made this decision a year ago and not wait untill his form became so bad that he gets dropped.

  • envor barros - 2010-01-04 08:48

    Makaya,we believe that yoou have set a stanard to be proud of- The youth of this country has a focus that goes way beyong taking wickets.You have ccreated belief with your approach to your Cricket.It would appear that many of us forget the new vigour you added to the game.1505 effort and dedicaaation to those that follw.I do believe that you still provide joy and will continue to do so.South African youth needs you.organisation in South Africa needs you.Enoy the game as we enjoy your dedication to it- Envor

  • Lumumba - 2010-01-04 09:30

    I can't swallow this, I SALUTE YOU MAKHAYA.

  • Willie - 2010-01-04 10:04

    Makhaya. You have touched all of our lives here is South Africa in such a special way. Unfortunately age is not the friendliest thing we have, but you have been a very good example to all of the youngsters in this country. You have also been one of the best performing sportsmen we have seen. I hereby wish you everything of the best in your future. May God bless you with prosperity and peace as you now journey into another aspect of your life. We will never forget you, and may you have a great retirement and also a very healthy life from here. Cheers Makhaya, we will miss your sportmanship and most of all your constant smile and hard work. You deserve all the accolades that have come your way.

  • Willie - 2010-01-04 10:14

    Makhaya. You have touched all of our lives here is South Africa in such a special way. Unfortunately age is not the friendliest thing we have, but you have been a very good example to all of the youngsters in this country. You have also been one of the best performing sportsmen we have seen. I hereby wish you everything of the best in your future. May God bless you with prosperity and peace as you now journey into another aspect of your life. We will never forget you, and may you have a great retirement and also a very healthy life from here. Cheers Makhaya, we will miss your sportmanship and most of all your constant smile and hard work. You deserve all the accolades that have come your way.

  • Ams - 2010-01-04 11:08

    Great player and teamman for SA over the years. Unfortunately age gets to everyone - even the fittest on the field. The best would be to retire while you are still on top and respected. When he goes, everyone will remember him as a legend. Thanks Mak and good luck.

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