Boucher tells South Africa to stop being ‘nice boys’
South Africa have been drastically declining in international cricket since the last few years and the major break due to pandemic is turning things worse.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) is in a mess at the moment due to the dispute between the board and the government. It has happened at a time when the situation of the team is already in a bad position. South Africa are currently ranked sixth in Tests and fifth in both limited-overs formats.
Head coach Mark Boucher has addressed the issue and believes it’s time to step forward. South Africa have been down and out for quite a while now and the former wicket-keeper batsman feels the team needs to become more challenging.
“It’s all about performance and that’s key for me. We don’t want to be a nice group of guys and be eighth in the world. I’d rather be a challenging group of guys and be competing for the number one spot and they all want that as well which is great to hear.”
“We’re all aligned in the right direction, and although it’s all still words, we still need to go out there and try and live it, rather than have it be words coming out of our mouths. I’m happy that the players are happy, but now the hard work starts,: Boucher said.
A lot of players have been out of action for more than six months due to the pandemic and it is a major on concern. However, Boucher also expressed his relief and said he is happy to see some of his players finally getting some play time in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“We want to get on the field and start playing. It’s been a long break, I don’t think the players have had this long a break since school days. Although they’ve been practicing, you (as a coach) want to put that practice into match experience. A few guys have moved over to the IPL, so they’ll be happy that they’ll get some game time,” he concluded.
South Africa are likely to start return on the field soon as the lockdown in the country is dropping down to level one this week.