International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dave Richardson feels that Proteas are not “chokers” like they have been mentioned to over the years for not presenting well in the high voltage matches. South Africa have been defeated in the 1992, 1999, 2003 and 2007 versions of the International Cricket Council World Cups after being in a healthy place and have ever since been tagged with that “chokers” word.
Mid-day reported that Richardson said though it does not actually hurt him when people call South Africa chokers, he thinks choking is really a wrong tag and not just in context of South Africa but in relation to any other countries too. He does not think South Africa have choked whenever they have lost high voltage matches. Instead, it is a simple and plain case of the opponent team having played better on the day.
Richardson also added that though he thinks that is one of the most open ICC World Cups in some time, he believes that this Proteas team, under AB de Villiers’ captaincy is a good, well balanced outfit. Richardson made breaking news recently when he told that there will be just ten teams playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be played in England, giving very less space for minnows like Ireland, Scotland, and Afghanistan to enter the ICC World Cup and has faced a lot of criticism for that.