Proteas interim team director Enoch Nkwe believes he is the right person to take the team forward, following a nightmarish tour to India.
The former Lions all rounder took on the job after the recent Cricket World Cup, replacing Ottis Gibson, as Cricket South Africa (CSA) restructured the team’s coaching setup.
Enoch Nkwe determined to stay
His first assignment in charge returned what’s close to the worst possible result, as the Proteas suffered a Test series whitewash in India, just after a 1-1 draw in the preceding T20 Internationals.
Despite having little to show in the way of positives, Nkwe indicated that he was keen to carry on with the job.
“I really enjoyed the experience, even though it was a tough tour,” he told reporters, following the Proteas arrival from India.
“We need to help our players develop technically so that we can adapt to situations better.
“The last two months have really helped me grow as a coach and I believe that I am the right person, but that’s my decision.”
Baptism of fire
Nkwe had enjoyed some success domestically, helping the Jozi Stars to the inaugural Mzansi Super League T20 title before guiding the Lions to glory in the Four-Day Series as well as the CSA T20 Challenge.
However, life in international cricket has started with one of the toughest task possible, with another one looming, should he stay on as team director before world champions England arrive in South Africa in the summer.
CSA is also yet to appoint a permanent director of cricket, with Corrie van Zyl currently occupying the position on an interim basis.
Uncertainty surrounds Proteas
Among the playing personnel, one man who fielded some criticism over the team’s performance was captain Faf du Plessis.
The 35-year-old was the most senior member of a largely inexperienced squad, and there have been questions over whether he will continue to lead the side for much longer.
Du Plessis indicated that he was willing to stay on.
“The last couple of months has been tough. I’m still very much committed to doing what I’m doing for the team, so I will try continue for as long as possible.”
Faf du Plessis
The skipper also voiced his concern over the management positions in the national team.
“There needs to be clarity on director positions so that we can move ahead with our plans as a team.”
Faf du Plessis