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Ntini slams SA selectors
Makhaya Ntini (Gallo Images)
Kent - Former Proteas fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has expressed his “disappointment” with South Africa’s selectors saying that he has been given no indication as to what he needs to do to make a return to test cricket.
Ntini played the last of his 101 tests in December last year before being dropped halfway through a series against England.
The 32-year-old hoped that his recent spell with English county side Kent would remind South Africa’s selectors of his ability but the ‘Mdingi Express’ said that he had had not received any feedback from the selectors.
“I’m slightly disappointed because I’ve never been told by Cricket South Africa that they don’t need me – yet they didn’t come to watch me with Kent,” Ntini said on Kent’s website.
“I would like them to tell me what I should be working on and to help me get back in.” he added.
Ntini impressed for Kent in the County Championship capturing 24 wickets at an average of 19.75 which included a match-haul of 10 for 104 against Durham.
The veteran paceman said that he was pleased that he was able to show that he is far from a spent force.
“My main reason for coming (to Kent) was to show that I am still capable of doing a good job and was not going downhill,” he explained.
Despite his frustration with South Africa’s selectors Ntini, who has completed his time with his adopted county, said he was looking forward to returning to South Africa to focus on a variety of other projects.
“I am acting as an ambassador at the football World Cup and have so many other things in the pipeline too.
“I am building an academy for the kids and want it to be state of the art. I want to give people an opportunity to play cricket because playing sport can make a massive difference to their lives,” he concluded.