Most experienced member looks at move to coaching
Ashwell Prince has resigned as a national selector‚ so taking away most of the panel’s international and first-class playing experience. “I do want to venture into coaching and . . . there is a conflict of interest with me being a selector and working quite closely with the players‚” Prince said.
“I was working on the SA A tour [to Australia last month] as a coach.
“It’s probably not fair to the players that I work with some of them and understand their weaknesses, and then take that into a selection meeting.
“On the back of that, I thought the best thing to do was to put my energies into where I thought I could make a bigger difference.”
Prince makes a good argument for changing his role‚ but the 288 first-class matches he played – 52 of them tests – mean easily the most qualified member of the panel will no longer be part of selection meetings.
Between them‚ convener Linda Zondi‚ Hussein Manack and Errol Stewart hold 153 first-class caps.
Stewart‚ who played six one-day internationals‚ is now the only member of the committee who represented SA.
Manack played 52 first-class matches‚ but sport was racially segregated for the first four years of his senior career.
The closest he came to earning an international cap was in a list A match for a SA Board President’s XI against the touring Indians in Maritzburg in December 1992. Zondi played three first-class games. Prince has been linked with a coaching job at the Cobras‚ of which he said: “[Cobras head coach Paul Adams] has approached me but I’m still weighing up my options.” – TMG Digital