I take a massive amount of responsibility: Boucher after series loss
South Africa head coach Mark Boucher has taken all the responsibility for his side’s loss against Pakistan at home. They have lost both ODI and T20I series, winning just 2 matches out of 7.
However, Boucher is optimistic about his side and says that they’ll continue their hard work in the upcoming days. “I take a massive amount of responsibility and I should. I don’t shy away from it. I am hurt, I am extremely hurt at the moment, as is the rest of the management and coaching staff. We put a lot of hard work and effort into this. But there’s no panic from me yet because I do understand that we have been given some trying circumstances over the last period of time and we will continue to put in hard work,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Boucher as saying.
South Africa were without their main players in the series because the board gave the players NoC to play in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). But Boucher denies to give it as an excuse for loss.
“I am not going to make excuses. We’ve still got to try and win with whichever players we put on the park but it has been tough. There have been a lot of positives. With the opportunities that have been given, a couple of guys have come through with flying colours,” he said. “It’s given us a better view of what our depth is like, so I’ve got a fair idea of a larger squad we can look at,” said Boucher.
“We have to get our squad back together, get all of our players fit and available to play. We always earmarked the West Indian trip as being when our full squad needs to be together. Going forward now we need to start looking at the World Cups and start building on a formula we want to play. It’s a matter of getting all the guys together and getting them used to each other and hopefully used to winning a couple of games together,” he added.