The Proteas have a new selection panel that will be headed by a new convener of selectors, ex South African all rounder, coach and current ICC match referee, Mike Procter. Procter is joined on the panel by ex Protea vice captain Craig Matthews, Winky Ximiya, and Mustapha Khan. The squads for the next two series, featuring Kenya and then Bangladesh have already been chosen, so the new panels first job will be picking the team to go to Australia in December.
Proteas coach, Mickey Arthur, has had his contract renewed until after the 2011 World Cup. The last season has been the South Africa’s most successful in terms of Test series wins, culminating in their first ever series win in England, and will have gone a long way to giving CSA faith and belief that Arthur was still the right man to lead the Proteas. The next season will be a testing one, with a double header, away and home, series against Australia coming up from December, and Arthur will have been pleased that his future was sorted out before that series.
Dale Steyn, South Africa’s number one strike bowler, has been passed fit for the forthcoming matches against Kenya and Bangladesh, having suffered from a mystery virus. Steyn is not yet match fit yet and may be left out of the games against Kenya in order for him to gain fitness and to give Monde Zondeki a chance to get some game time. The first match against Kenya is on Friday the 31st of October, while the start of the Bangladesh series is on the 5th of November.
A CSA Franchise Review committee has recommended that the current 6 Franchise teams be increased to 8 for the 2009/2010 domestic season. The two new Franchise teams would come from Border and Griqualand West, and would mean a split from current Franchise teams the Eagles and the Warriors. There are financial conditions that will have to be met if the two new Franchises are to come into affect. The news will lead to other cricket boards appealing to be one of the new Franchises, such as the North West districts which currently are part of the Lions Franchise with Gauteng.
South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have announced that they hope to form a franchise based T20 competition based on the IPL. The new competition will look to be launched by 2011. The concept is still in the early planning stage but is believed to compromise two sections, an African section and a Australasia section, with the winners meeting in a final. Their is also a want to find a schedule away from the IPL to allow players involved in that competition to feature for the new franchises. A tri nation T20 competition featuring international teams, India, Australia and South Africa was talked about last month. Cricket boards have since denied that any competition is being planned and this franchise based set up looks to be a more feasible option.
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