Why did Boucher tried to achieve the disastrous level of incompetence in team selection on par with what Meyer and Coetzee achieved

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Apr 14, 2021, 10:55

Let me try and explain something else - Boucher seems to have a mania about experience and unless a younger player was already in the Proteas nobody under 28 could get into the team and when replacements had to be made it looked like only players older than 30 could be considered,    This was despite the fact that the players Boucher selected to play were not even on provincial level performed well - as an example on Provincial  level Elgar was twelve when it came to scoring of runs in 4 day games and the new players he brought in was even lower than Elgar when it came to scoring of runs.  

So why was selection of the Proteas a total disaster over the last two years which reduced the team to joke level in ranking and became a joke in international cricket,

The following article may provide the answer to the above:-

I am not a great believer in conspiracy theories. I generally like to live my life based on facts.

But, I have also come to understand over the years that the cliché "where there is smoke, there is fire" usually means the kitchen is burning up.

And that brings me to the omission of Kyle Verreynne for the first couple of T20 Internationals against Pakistan.

Social media was in outcry after the Cape Cobras wicket/keeper batsman was left out of a virtual South Africa "A" side, dressed up as the Proteas, due to the IPL absentees and injury-enforced absence of captain Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen.

I did not blindly join the choir calling for Verreynne's inclusion in the T20 team as I believe some players are better suited to different formats.

However, I do feel very strongly about Verreynne's omission along with his Cobras teammates Janneman Malan and George Linde from the preceding ODI series.

Verreynne and Malan both eventually played the final ODI and immediately made an impact. Malan contributed 70 off 81 balls, while Verreynne struck 62 off 53.

Personally, I could not understand why Malan did not partner former captain Quinton de Kock from the outset in the opening two ODIs. Malan had struck a century in just his second ODI against Australia last season and subsequently topped the domestic run-scorers charts in the Momentum 1-Day Cup. It is mystifying that Heinrich Klaasen was retained on the basis of his Australian series form but not Malan.

The Proteas brainstrust, headed by coach Mark Boucher and convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang, instead backed Aiden Markram throughout the ODI series.

Please don't misunderstand me here. Markram is an unbelievable talent, as the last two T20Is at the Wanderers have shown, but I can't help wonder if he would be receiving the same amount of gametime were he not a product of Boucher's former franchise, the Titans?

It seems rather coincidental that the likes of Markram, Klaasen and now even Lizaad Williams, who moved north from Newlands to SuperSport Park at the beginning of the past season, are being afforded the opportunity to settle into the national team while others need to bide their time.

Cobras all-rounder Linde has been arguably the most in-form domestic cricketer across all formats for the past 12 months, and has taken virtually every chance afforded him at international level, but yet he still finds himself down in the pecking order below Warriors veteran JonJon Smuts in the ODI format. It's laughable.

Equally, promising Cape Cobras left-armer Nandre Burger was picked for the away Pakistan T20I series and did not even come close to cracking a game, but yet Williams now plays two consecutive matches at home.

Everyone knows there was no love lost between the Bouchercoached Titans and Ashwell Prince's Cobras and that a genuine “NorthSouth” rivalry ensued when they were doing battle the past few seasons.

Malan, Verreynne, Linde and Burger are all Prince's products. Let's hope that the national team's progression is not being put at a risk due to petty provincialism. "

I do not think that the above is the only reason why Verreynne is not considered to play for the Proteas and Lubbe is may be even more petty than portrayed above.    I have a feeling that Boucher does not want to see Verreynne be used on international level because he is a much better  barsman and wicketkeeper than Klaasn is and that could lead to stronger public demand that Klaasen be replaced in the ODI team.   Boucher  made the stupid decision to make Elgar the captain in respect of tests despite the fact that Elgar is not the best batsman around  and already near to 34 years old and there is no future in keeping him in the team past his sell-by date - which is a definite within the enext year -if not already reached,     

In any event unless players performances are the basis for team selection - which is not the case at present - more and more losses are inevitable.              

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