THE Cricket South Africa (CSA) Coaches’ Conference came to a conclusion on Thursday after four days of constructive debate and engagement.
Several reflected on their participation:
Ray Jennings, SA U19 coach: “The last few days have been thoroughly exciting. Like with any business or organisation, it is always important to re-group and to re-focus. This week has given us an opportunity to develop new ideas, share knowledge and to try to move to the next stage of growth.
“There have been many great ideas and opinions shared, I just hope we have the game-breakers and mature people to make the right calls which will ultimately aid in taking the game to greater heights.”
Geoffrey Toyana, bizhub Highveld Lions coach: “Our role as franchise coaches is to feed through top quality cricketers to the national team. The biggest highlight for me these past four days has been the buy-in from the franchise coaches to have a bigger focus on transformation.
“We are not going to have black African players in the national team unless we back them and are patient with them at franchise level. I hope all the coaches keep to that mandate.”
Victor Mpitsang, CSA High Performance Coach: “It’s been an invaluable eye-opener for CSA’s coaching structures. It is so important for us to come together as a group and to collectively commit to one goal and a bigger picture which is to develop quality players for the national team. I think it has also re-energised our coaches and they will go back to their respective provinces with renewed motivation and enthusiasm to follow through the key decisions we have come to.”