Cricket

Gogga in line for Cobras coach

2012-05-11 08:03
Paul Adams (File)
Cape Town - Former Proteas spinner Paul "Gogga" Adams could be appointed as the next coach of the Cape Cobras franchise.

According to Die Burger, the 35-year-old Adams is one of five candidates who applied for the vacant coaching position after Richard Pybus resigned in March.

The others are Salieg Nackerdien (Western Province's amateur coach), Barney Mohamed (Boland's amateur coach), Rob Walter (Proteas fitness coach), and Andy Moles (former New Zealand and Free State coach).

Adams, who played 45 Tests for South Africa, is one of Cricket South Africa's spin bowling coaches and coached Western Province and Boland's academy teams in recent years. He also assisted Vincent Barnes at the newly formed Impi franchise in the recently concluded MiWay T20 Challenge.

But whoever gets the Cobras job is sure to have a tough task in building up team morale.

The Cobras were a divided side towards the end of last season, which led to a disastrous T20 campaign and the subsequent resignation of Pybus.

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 at the time 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 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.

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