Johann de Jager
Corrie to quit Proteas job
Bloemfontein - Corrie van Zyl will not reapply to coach the Proteas after the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola revealed during CSA’s visit to the Free State Cricket Union on Thursday that Van Zyl would once again take up his position at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.
“Corrie said that he would first like to show us how to win a tournament,” Majola said jokingly in reference to the World Cup tournament that will be held on the sub-continent, starting on February 19.
“He informed me shortly after the team’s return from the West Indies that he would not be applying again. It was only right that I confirmed with him as the incumbent in the position before the job was advertised.
“He will return to his previous role as coach at the High Performance Centre. Former Proteas opener Gary Kirsten was also involved there before he was appointed coach of India.
“Corrie's reasons are personal, but no doubt also include the fact that the position of coach is not a full-time one. He'll in all likelihood be moving to Pretoria.”
Van Zyl confirmed that he would not reapply for the Proteas job.
“I was originally appointed by CSA at the High Performance Centre and really enjoyed it. It was a full-time appointment, but the main reason is that it’s a job in which I believe I can make a long-term difference to South African cricket,” he said.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to coach the Proteas and the ultimate accolade to do it in a World Cup season.
“We’re putting everything into making the World Cup season a success. The decision does not affect my passion to leave no stone unturned in attempting to win the World Cup. I just believe I can do more for CSA at the High Performance Centre in the long term.”
Van Zyl admitted that the shelf-life for coaches was also a factor. Van Zyl was due to inform his players of his decision during a team talk on Thursday night.
Kirsten, whose Indian contract is also due to expire at the conclusion of the World Cup, is favourite to replace Van Zyl as Proteas coach.