Cricketzine prediction: South Africa appoint Shukri Konrad and Rob Walter as head coaches

South Africa rely on Shukri Konrad and Rob Walter to pull the men’s team out of the doldrums. Cricbuzz expects the CSA to announce the pair as coaches for the red-ball and white-ball teams on Monday.

If that happens, Conrad and Walter have beaten a shortlist that includes Lance Klusener, who withdrew from trial on Monday.Maribonwe Maketa, Adrian Birrell and Richard Pybus. He still has a year left on his contract, succeeding Marc Boucher, who renounced his sole position at the end of the T20 World Cup in London to become head coach of the Mumbai Indians.

Conrad will take over the test team and Walter will manage the whiteball team, but it’s not confirmed which team will go where. Aside from Conrad’s tenure in Uganda from October 2010 to January 2011, neither had ever managed a senior international team.

South Africa will face England in his three-time World Cup Super League ODI at Bloemfontein from 27 January to 1 February. The test squad has his two games against the West Indies at the Centurion and from 28 February until he is scheduled for 12 March at Wanderers. All these matches are important. South Africa faces an unprecedented prospect of qualifying for the ODI World Cup in India in October and November, and will miss the WTC final at the oval in July. hopes of moving into the US are fading.

South Africa have lost in their last five games, including a shock defeat to the Netherlands at the T20 World Cup in Adelaide in November, a defeat that saw them drop out of the tournament, and his two heavy defeats in three Tests. He hasn’t won a single match. December and January in Australia. The new Red Ball coach is tasked with stabilizing the fragile batting formation, while his White Ball counterpart counters it by trying to bring urgency and creativity to the team.

Conrad won four franchise titles (including a first-class championship) with the Lions and Cobras from 2002-03 to 2009-10. He coached the South African national team in his 2022 U19 World Cup in the West Indies in January and his February, with the team finishing 7th in his 16 games.

Walter, who was a strength and conditioning specialist in South Africa from 2009 to 2013, from 2013 to 2014, from 2015 to 2016, he won three trophies as head coach of the Titans. Did. He moved to New Zealand in 2016 to coach the Otago Bolts and join the Central Stags ahead of the 2020-21 season. Walter’s Kiwi team has not won a title, but the Volts have become more ambitious and successful under his leadership.

Conrad and Walter are experienced coaches, but CSA counts on them. The team has previously been coached by someone who has not played or coached at any significant international level, but only Russell Domingo – who served as head coach during Gary Kirsten’s tenure, He held the latter position as South Africa’s T20I coach from May 2013 to August 2017 – had a lower profile going into the role. Whatever happens to Conrad and Walter from here on out will change.

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