South African head coach Mark Boucher said Thursday he wanted Jacques Kallis, his longtime friend and former batting star, to return to his coaching education. Boucher was speaking on the eve of South Africa’s departure for Pakistan, where they will play two test matches, from Karachi on January 26. South Africa’s all-time top scorer Kallis is currently in Sri Lanka as a batting consultant with the England squad on a short-term contract. But Boucher said Kallis “is on my radar” to return to a consulting role ahead of a scheduled but unconfirmed test run against Australia starting in mid-February.
Kallis accepted the England job after Kugandrie Govender, then acting chief executive of Cricket South Africa, said in September that the organization would no longer hire white consultants. Kallis was a batting consultant for South Africa in their home series against England in 2019/20.
Govender later said exceptions could be made if white consultants had unique skills – and she has since been suspended by the CSA’s interim board following an upheaval in which the entire previous board resigned. .
Interim board member Judith February signaled a policy change earlier this month when she said the ASC’s accelerated racial transformation policy had been put on hold.
Boucher said he had not spoken to anyone from the CSA on the transformation issue, but said the initial decision to block white consultants was “a bit of a pill to swallow.”
With the exception of former captain Faf du Plessis, who led a World XI in a Twenty20 series in 2019, none of the South African players have experience playing in a country where South Africa does not. hasn’t toured since 2007/08.
Kallis hit three centuries in two test games on this tour, scoring 421 points at an average of 210.50 in a South African series win, so he would be ideal for offering advice to a largely inexperienced batting team.
No “ friend selection ”
“The media said he was my mate and he was a selection of buddies,” Boucher said of Kallis, the third highest scorer in test history behind India Sachin Tendulkar and the Australian Ricky Ponting.
“Yes he’s a fellow mine but he’s also a really good cricketer and he can add a lot of knowledge as well so why wouldn’t we want him to come back to our setup?
“Now that it has been documented in the press that the rules have changed somewhat, this is definitely someone we would like to see in a consulting role.
“I haven’t had any important conversations with Jacques because he’s in Sri Lanka now, but certainly in the next short period of time, if we can get him involved soon, maybe against Australia, then we have to do it.
“There are a lot of players who have praised Jacques and the knowledge he passed on to them. So, yes, he’s on my radar.
“I just hope we treat him with care. He has shown that he has a lot of other opportunities in world cricket so it would be foolish not to try and hang on to him as long as we don’t mind him. I know Jacques would love to work in South African cricket. “
Speaking from Galle on Wednesday, Kallis – while expressing sadness over the end of his work with South Africa – said he understood the larger context.
“This is the time we are in. There are a lot of other coaches who have continued to coach other teams – Gary Kirsten, for example. It’s the modern way of the world,” said Kallis.
“It’s sad in a way that I can’t help in South Africa, but I really appreciate my time here in England.”
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