Hudson: Ntini will be considered
Makhaya Ntini (Gallo Images)
Cape Town – Makhaya Ntini will be considered like every other South African cricketer when the next Proteas squad is picked.
But Proteas selection convener Andrew Hudson said there would not be any favourable treatment for the 32-year-old fast bowler.
“We will take everyone’s performances into account irrespective of how many games they have played for South Africa,” Hudson said following Ntini’s recent criticism of the national selectors.
The veteran of 101 Tests expressed his unhappiness on Kent’s website.
“I’m slightly disappointed that no-one at Cricket South Africa has told me whether I’m still part of the Proteas’ future plans,” said Ntini.
“Nobody has come out to look at how Kent are faring. I’d like them to tell me what I need to work on and what I have to do to regain my place in the Test side.”
Hudson said Ntini should not lose hope.
“It’s excellent to see how well Makhaya is doing for Kent in England. He has to keep on playing, keep himself fit and will certainly be considered when we pick the squads for the series’ against Zimbabwe (in September) and Pakistan (in October).”
Hudson added that the lack of communication with Ntini did not mean that a decision had already been taken about his future.
“There are other players that are also performing well and we have not spoken to them either.”
The new selection convenor is in a difficult position. He was not part of the selection committee in January when Ntini was axed for the New Year’s Test against England, though he now has to deal with the decision taken by Mike Procter and the rest of the previous committee.
Ntini played his last Test for the Proteas in Durban in December.
However, it appears from the Proteas’ selections for the last Test against England and the series’ in India and the West Indies that his international career is at an end.
Morné Morkel’s performances this year and the breakthrough of Wayne Parnell in Test cricket, together with Dale Steyn’s impressive bowling, points to the trio forming the core of South Africa’s pace attack in forthcoming series.
Ntini has taken 24 wickets at an average of 19,75 runs in four games for Kent. Coach Paul Fabrace has been delighted with his contribution.
“For a player with more than 100 Tests behind him, he’s made an incredible contribution to our team. We could have paid him twice the amount and it would still not have been enough considering what he puts in,” Fabrace told the BBC last month.