South Africa head coach Mark Boucher said on Thursday that he wanted his long-time friend and former batting star Jack Kallis back in his coaching set. Boucher was speaking for Pakistan on the eve of his departure for South Africa, where he would play two Test matches starting in Karachi from 26 January. Kallis, who scored South Africa’s leading all-time Test runs, is currently in Sri Lanka as a batting consultant. With England team on a short term contract. But Boucher said Kallis is “on my radar to return to a consultancy role before a planned but unconfirmed Test series against Australia starting in mid-February”.
Kallis took a job in England after Cricket South Africa acting chief executive Kugandi Govender said in September that the organization would no longer appoint white advisers. Kallis was a batting consultant for South Africa in their home series against England in 2019/20.
Govender later said that exceptions could occur if white advisors had unique skills – and he has since been suspended by the Interim Board of CSA in the wake of an uproar, during which the entire previous board resigned.
Interim board member Judith hinted at a change in policy earlier this month when she said CSA’s accelerated racial change policy had been put on ice.
Boucher said he had not spoken to anyone from the CSA on the change issue, but said the original decision to block white consultants was “a bit of a pill to swallow”.
Barring former captain Faf du Plessis, who captained the World XI in a Twenty20 series in 2019, no South African player has experience playing in a country that South Africa has not visited since 2007-08 .
Kallis hit three centuries in two Tests on that tour, scoring 421 runs at an average of 210.50 in a South African series win, so he would be ideally suited to mentor a largely inexperienced batting line up.
No ‘friend selection’
“The media is saying that she is my friend and this is her pick,” Boucher said as the third highest run-scorer in Test history after India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Australia’s Ricky Ponting.
“Yes, he is a Khan’s partner, but he is also a very good cricketer and he can also add a lot of knowledge, so why don’t we want him back in our set-up?”
“Now that it has been documented in the press that the rules have been changed a little bit, it is definitely someone we want to return to in a consulting role.
“I haven’t had any major conversations with Jacques since he’s in Sri Lanka right now, but certainly in the next short period of time, if we can join him soon, maybe against Australia, we should.”
“There are a lot of players who have spoken highly of Jax and the knowledge that he offers them. So, yes, he is on my radar.
“I hope we treat him with care. He has shown that he has had many other opportunities in world cricket, so it would be stupid not to try to hang on to him until we mess him around. ” Jax would like to work in South African cricket. “
Speaking to Galle on Wednesday, Kallis – concluding the way the sorrow was expressed when working with South Africa – said he understood the broader context.
“This is the time we’re in. For example, there are many other coaches who have gone on to coach other teams – Gary Kirsten. It’s the modern way of the world,” Kallis said.
“It’s kind of sad that I can’t help in South Africa, but I’m enjoying my time here in the England set-up.”
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