Ntini to be SA selector?

2012-12-10 12:41

Cape Town – Makhaya Ntini may soon find himself serving South African cricket in a different way to his illustrious pace-bowling career ... as a national selector.

The cricket specialist website reported on Monday that Cricket South Africa will appoint a black African selector, perhaps in the new year, and that Ntini is considered a front-runner.

Their South African correspondent Firdose Moonda quoted Jacques Faul, acting CSA chief executive, as saying: “We want to transform and reflect the demographic of our country as best as possible.

“A black African selector is needed to help address representation at all levels.”

 The move would be in line with the organisation’s transformation policy.

South Africa’s current national selection panel is headed up by former Test opening batsman Andrew Hudson.

While likely to be welcomed in many circles, should iconic former Proteas star Ntini crack the nod, it will ruffle some feathers considering that during the recent tour of Australia he was outspoken in his criticism of the current team management’s handling of reserve wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile.

The “Mdingi Express” maintained that if Tsolekile was white, he would have had more opportunities to play Tests, although the player himself came out publicly to pooh-pooh the theory.

Now 35, Ntini – who took 390 wickets in 101 Tests and also played 183 limited-overs fixtures for South Africa – continues to turn out for the Warriors in franchise cricket, which would strengthen his claims to be knowledgeable about domestic talent.

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  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-12-10 12:58

    Well, he certainly has the credentials. Good luck.

  • deonk - 2012-12-10 13:01

    He is a real cricketing legend, but given his recent comments on race I would not want him as a selector... I prefer that politics leave sport alone.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-10 13:24

      Victor when is race sport? Racism is Racism no matter where, politics or sport

  • tommy.rinrin - 2012-12-10 13:10

    i hop can select as well as he bowled.

  • thamsanqag - 2012-12-10 13:14

    All those criticizing Ntini for his comments should just shut up. None of you has 100 caps in that changing room and you've never been in the forefront of those politics in there. Ntini is talking about he knows, he has seen it happen before. Tsolekile wouldn't come all guns blazing and agree with Ntini's comments coz that would obviously jeopardize his chances of playing but inside him he knows that Ntini's comments are so right.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-12-10 13:23

      Tsolekile should not have been selected in the first place as there are better wicketkeepers in the country however it's not his fault that he has been selected and he can therefor be aggrieved that they don't want to play him or give him a chance since he has been selected. Makes a mockery of his selection and is not fair towards him as player.

      hendrik.bruwer.3 - 2012-12-10 13:42

      Tsolekile's batting is not good enough. he's batting average is only 26. AB averages 50. Quinton De Kock averages over 60. That's why many people are disappointed when Ntini made those comments. He made it a race issue when it clearly isn't

      malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-12-10 13:50

      Should you then also not just shut up? Just saying.....

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-12-10 14:07

      With those kind of stats, Morne should have replaced Boucher long time ago... after all his FC average is better than Bouchers and he was making runs while Boucher averaged 22 in 15 Tests.

      danie.vanzyl.58 - 2012-12-10 18:28

      Quinton de Kock Batting average of 63.63 at a strike rate off 87.99

      shamiel.mathews - 2012-12-11 06:43

      thamsanqag u are correct. None of us know what Ntini went thru.His comments are obviuously based on his experiences. U and graham.plessis makes the most sense to me. The man is a legend and I wish him all the best in his new role.

  • - 2012-12-10 13:14

    There is no need for CSA to offer Makhaya this rubbish commitment, let him finish his playing career then focus on his academy. the are guys who are qualified that can take that offer.

  • boksom.bende.9 - 2012-12-10 13:16

    Proteas are making some of the other sporting teams look bad...Thats why they need to be "transformed" again. Leave sports ALONE politicians!

  • andile.nokhetshe - 2012-12-10 13:19

    Many people were against his inclusion in to the Proteas in the mid 90's because of the colour of his skin. He worked hard and did well for the team. I am sure that he is aware that even if he becomes a selector many would still do as they did in the mid 90's.

      hugh.olphart - 2012-12-12 10:33

      Strangely enough, I cant recall any one against his selection. He was there on merit, and proved his worth. His 1st class record was there for all to see why he was selected. As for the race issue, I and I'm guessing all sports lovers would want a winning team, no matter what there skin colour is. We just want to win, no big deal. Take a look at our soccer team, all black and cant win. Is that what we want? apparently yes..

  • thamsanqag - 2012-12-10 13:22

    This would be great move. No one would be dropped/selected bcoz of colour just because there's a black selector in there. So I don't understand the people who think this current team will be tampered with bcoz of the Black selector inclusion...its crazy!!!

      Johannes - 2012-12-11 08:27 Tsolekile is simply not good enough. Why would he make a comment like this? Everyone is saying this to you numb nuts.

  • - 2012-12-10 13:25

    Racist fool! Remember the wicket keeper saga the other day??? Nuff said. Bye bye Steyn & Morkel welcome Shabalala & Nkosi who played for U/15C and who were previously disadvantaged..

      litha.luzipo - 2012-12-10 13:51

      And is there something wrong with Shabalala & Nkosi? You people are just too paranoid. - 2012-12-10 15:19

      What people, whites? Paranoid with good reason ja boet....

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-12-10 13:30

    Its ok for Andrew Hudson to be a selector but its not ok for Makhaya Ntini to be selector??? All of a sudden when a black Ntini is to be a selector its termed a Political Move.... What has he done wrong that the likes of Hudson have done right???

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-12-10 13:34

    News24 Bloggers can be sooooo racist... The kind of comments im reading here are similar to those that were posted when Paul Adams and Jeoffrey Toyana were selected as coaches of Cobras and Lions respectively...... Guess what? These two coaches will be playing each other in the limited over final.. And Toyana is playing his second final in 2 months. Race aside, give Ntini a chance like you have done with Hudson.

      shamiel.mathews - 2012-12-11 06:51

      Well said Hansie. Not sure why u getting thumbs down, when u are right as the facts show. 2 coaches of color in the final.

      Johannes - 2012-12-11 08:29

      Just read the above comments and links, easy.

  • Jacques - 2012-12-10 13:44

    Black icon makes racially charged comment about team selection, only to be considered a front runner for selection post barely a month later? See what you did there, CSA. Oh well. Ntini needs a job soon, and he didn't really set the commentating booth alight when he made those cameo appearances lately, so as long as he pipes down with such racial bombs, good on him.

  • xmkungeki - 2012-12-10 13:45

    All best to u Mkhuluwa!

  • daleen.terblanche.9 - 2012-12-10 13:47

    He will not be taken seriously. Just to have a black selector to fill position on the committee will NOT help CSA validity!sure his everyones loved son but selection is another story going forward!

      james.finnemore.9 - 2012-12-10 14:05

      Sorry Daleen, but if Makhaya is not qualified for the job with 390 test wickets, then who on earth is??

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-12-10 14:27

      @Daleen, its Hudson who had an average of 33 in Tests and 29 in ODIs.

  • richard.schmode.9 - 2012-12-10 13:48

    he is a not let him anywhere near the team.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-12-10 13:48

    After his recent racist statements I think he should have disqualified himself.

  • litha.luzipo - 2012-12-10 13:55

    He is a tough guy who can stand against any criticism. First time he played proteas he faced the same criticims. some players were not comfortable sharing a toilets with him. When i get to see these attitudes displayed on on these social media i become disturbed.

  • christie.viljoen.5 - 2012-12-10 13:59

    “A black African selector is needed to help address representation at all levels.” With this statement, Faul is actually calling the other selectors racist.....

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-12-10 14:01

    Keep that racist chancer out of our cricket.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-12-10 14:04

    "These black guys shouldnt be made selectors. They are going to drop our Smith Styen Kallis and Morne and bring in quotas like Phangiso, Prince, Barhadien, Hendriks, Davids, Bavuma, Mosehle. We dont want to drop from number one to last."

      mohammedsiddique.kadwa - 2012-12-10 20:00

      And Amla, and Pieterson? Non Whites can also play cricket, or become selectors! Its strenght in diversity. SA didn't become no.1 in Tests with an all white team.

  • tshep0 - 2012-12-10 14:38

    a suitable candidate who deserves the position no matter his skin colour and yes its about damn time Thami gets his chance,AB said it long ago that he'l prefer concentrating on batting and fielding than behind wickets.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-10 15:06

      SO you agree that if Ntini is a selector he would automatically choose people of colour...?

      Jacques - 2012-12-10 17:05

      When exactly did AB say that, bro? AB actually said (repeatedly) he's keen for keeping, so either you're making up stuff to fit the 'Thami the victim' angle or you are just making an honest mistake.

  • NguVala - 2012-12-10 16:02

    All I wanna know is, where do I send my CV as I also would like to be considered as well

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-12-10 16:37

    2nd most wickets in Test for SA. (390 wickets) Most 10 wicket hauls in Test for SA. (18 five wicket hauls) 2nd most 5 wicket hauls in Test for SA. (4 ten wicket hauls) Best bowling figures in a Test for SA. (13/132) 1 of 6 players to have ever represented the country in 100 or more Tests for SA. 12th highest wicket take in the world. Ntini you are a legend and an internationally respected sportsman. No couch laying bloggers will take that away from you. LEGEND!!!

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-10 17:58

    Thats what happen when you are the best evrything its like coming to you. Its about time Makhaya lets do this.

  • selina.tsele - 2012-12-10 19:35

    May CRICKET triamph over all...

  • damonsb - 2012-12-11 08:18

    how can a kriket player trow n boll laik so mossie reggie

  • andrew.boraine.1 - 2012-12-11 08:50

    OMW another quota position for him, "...transform and reflect the demographic of our country..." , "...a black African selector is needed..." - nuf said

  • pash.velloo - 2012-12-11 12:12

    As a fervent supporter of cricket and particularly our South African team, I firmly believe our team is by far the best team in the world in all formats of the game. We did not get here by token appointments but by sheer hard work put in by all the players. The game has had its ugly side over the many scandals yet I believe we have moved way beyond that and continue to uphold this industry in all its fine glory. If we continue to cry foul re racism we will destroy everything we as a country worked for. There may not be an equal number of players of colour but if we did ensure so we should do that on merit and still maintain this well oiled machine. The fact that South Africa produces its finest caliber of players throughout its history proves those players have risen to the ranks due to them. One can always introduce new younger fresh players of any coloour but let them stand out like sore thumbs and only their individual achievements will merit their selection. Don't play for colour play the game without fail it will light up all the colours in our wonderful fanatical nation.

  • werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-12-11 12:52

    Alles met sy keuse het sin gemaak tot die sin bykom want daar moet n swart keurder wees. Hier gaan ons alweer .....

  • litha.kutta.7 - 2012-12-11 15:09

    White anxiety !!! here we go again. Makhaya Ntini deserves to be a selector and he is the only black african that has played in the highest level with so much success. he has the credential to be a selector. Andrew Hudson and Shafiek Abrahams were average national players, both's records combined will never be as half good as Ntini yet they are in the panel so please Ntini deserves it on merit. SA are not no 1 based on merit selection, bla bla bla bla, how many whites were up in arms when Amla was starting his career with comments like he can play straight, he moves and shuffles a lot, his backlift is not technically sound, bla bla bla, how many were not happy with Vernon Philander when he started as an ODI players, he bowls average, he bats slow, bla bla bla, yet people like Jacque Rudolph gets opportunities while they fail week in and week out, with comments like he scores runs in the local circuit and he made runs in England, he is respected in England, what a lot of crap. Take those Amla and Philander out today and see if they will be no 1.

      unverifiedcomedian - 2012-12-11 15:19

      I concur with you, Litha, that Makhaya was a stalwart for SA, but just because he was such a fantastic player, doesn't mean he should automatically be considered as a selector. There is a difference between playing for and selecting a team. Hudson is also pretty much hopeless by selecting Rudolph and Elgar who are both out of form. Imo, the thing that has outraged many Protea fans is that Ntini is not being chosen as a selector on account of his illustrious achievements as a cricketer - he is being selected to look out for black cricketers on the domestic circuit to be selected for the international team to satisfy politicians. Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for giving non-white players a chance at international level, but they need to earn their spot. So in conclusion, only Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Aaron Phangiso are international quality.

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