South African coach Russell Domingo said South Africa’s senior players are distracted from their national team duty as the workload of playing different T20 leagues is affecting their performance when playing for the national side.
South Africa have failed to qualify for the final of triangular series in the Caribbean. They got two chances to qualify for the final. The first match against Australia washed out due to rain in the second match they lost to the host country West Indies that led to their exit from the tournament.
Domingo said, “Some senior players are playing all the formats as well as competitions around the world. It’s concerning. When you’re playing that much cricket, it’s difficult to maintain very high standards.”
Domingo said his players running behind the money and national cricket is not the priority for them.
“There is a lot of cricket being played, a lot of money to be made. The No 1 priority should be South Africa. The big challenge for me is making sure international cricket is the main priority for my players.”
South Africa captain AB de Villiers after losing the match to the West Indies by hundred runs immediately shoulders the blame on him and his fellow countrymen and said they have the “best coaches in the world.”
However, Domingo objected de Villiers’ comment, saying, “the players didn’t let me down.”. “I do not gong to sit here and blame them. I feel let down by certain performances,” Domingo further added.
He pointed out that the South African players had a long tour to India and then took on England in a three-match series, followed by that they have had a poor WT20 campaign. After that, some players have played in the IPL and went straight to South Africa.
“Cricket doesn’t get played on paper,” said Domingo. “You can have all the big names you want, but they need to perform on the pitch. Players need to be hungry to represent and perform at an optimum level for their country,” Domingo stated.
However, Domingo made it clear he is not going to quit the team at this bad state. “I’m not the kind of guy who will quit so I need to see what happens. I’ve got some time at home to mull things over.”
Earlier, the Cricket South Africa chief executive officer (CEO) Haroon Lorgat had set a panel who was to examine to the reason behind South Africa’s failure. But the panel was disbanded owing to failure to meet the guidelines.
The panel was comprised of 1995 World Cup winning Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar, former South African Test batsman Adam Bacher, sports physiologist Ross Tucker and CSA independent director Dawan Mokhobo.
“We did begin work on it, but ultimately we couldn’t agree with CSA on issues related to scope‚ process‚ time and resources,” said Tucker.