The following from MSN News:-
I have read the above article and it is evident that the following problems exist:-
* Much of the media writes about the players, but the Management of cricket ibn SA is even more to blame, In the quoted article reference is made to the CEO, but the fact is that the Board is supposed to be in charge of policy decisions - not the CEO. When the CEO takes over the policy determination - like for instance the structure of provincial cricket in SA - the functioning of the Board is seriously defective when allowing it to happen, The Board did allow the CEO to run wild and three Board members resigned amid clams of incompetence and financial mismanagement, while Standard Bank terminated their sponsorship because of fear that their association with SA Cricket will tarnish their own reputation. That shows how deep the rot really is.
* The Board is selected by provincial structures without any knowledge of professional expertise and often selected o the basis of their political affiliation with no regard to their knowledge of cricket as a professional game, Amateurs and politicians can never administer a professional game ever 0 they do not have the expertise to do professionally based management of any professional sport, Show me any National Board running any professional sport being amateurs and getting positive results in international level. Some would say it applies to SA Rugby as well - but at least they were stopped in their tracks before the series of disasters resulted on the same low level as is found in SA cricket at this stage.
* The fact is that players do not select themselves to play in international level. Selection is either done by a Selection Committee of by the coaches and their assistants, Both have negatives. look at SA Rugby since 2008 for instance - the coaches appointed by SA Rugby were incompetent as was proven in the case of the previous three coaches. The incompetence levels may have varied - but when it came to team selection all three were on par, On the other hand selection committees are indeed a real handicap, especially if the make0up of such committees are not really professional and with other non-cricket issues. Remember the ancient saying - a camel is a horse designed by a Committee. The fact is that the selection by the coach and his assistants is a lesser evil than the selection committee system, provided the coaches are competent. In the case of SA Cricket the new appointees - Smith and Boucher - are competent professionals - so why undermine them by having a separate selection committee?
* As to players there is a persistent problem amongst most sportsmen - namely they refuse to accept that their own competence as players are on a slide and it is damaging the team as a result. Wise players realizes that and announce their retirement before they damage their own reputations by over-staying their welcome, Most players are virtually forced out of selection. The wise ones are players like Kallis and Philander, but in recent times Amla and now Du Plessis is the opposite.
I think the best for cricket recovery would be -
* for the Board of SA Cricket to be replaced by a really Professional Board as a matter of urgency,
* for the Selection Committee to be abolished and
* for Du Plessis to retire from test cricket asap.