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Mark Boucher to step down as South Africa’s head coach after 20-20 World Cup- Reports

He will take up the coaching role in the newly announced SA20 league.
Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher – Source (Twitter)

Cricket South Africa have confirmed that men’s head coach Mark Boucher will part ways with Cricket South Africa after the conclusion of the upcoming 20-20 World Cup in Australia. The former wicketkeeper-batter is likely to take up the coaching role in the newly announced SA20 league.

Mark Boucher took the responsibility of coaching the Proteas team in 2019 amidst turmoil and chaos in the country. The rebuilding of Test Cricket for South Africa continued under his watchful eyes after the retirement of several key senior figures. South Africa are currently placed at the second spot on the Cricket Governing body World Test Championship table after a 1-2 series defeat against England.

The chief executive of the CSA Pholetsi Moseki, expressed his heartfelt thanks towards the South African for his service to the national team and wished him the best for his journey ahead. He highlighted the importance of Boucher in the team after navigating a young side through troubled times and making a roadmap for the future ahead.

“We are extremely grateful to him for the work he has done and would like to wish him well with the next chapter of his career. He has helped navigate us through some rough waters following the departures of so many senior players through retirement and has helped lay some strong foundations for the next generation of Proteas,” Pholetsi Moseki said in an official statement.

Enoch Nkwe, Director of Cricket, was disappointed to see the former wicketkeeper-batter step down from the role but understood his decision and respected him for that. He lauded the former cricketer for his outstanding career, hailing him as a Protean legend for his contributions as a player and as a coach. He expects great things from an exciting team ahead of the 20-20 World Cup in October.

“We are deeply saddened by Mark’s decision to leave us, but we also understand and respect his wishes. He is a Proteas legend and has done so much for the game in our country, both on the field and over the last three years off it, which we highly appreciate. He has built a sound platform for South Africa to flourish in all three formats, and I’m sure we will see the results of that at the 20-20 World Cup next month,” Enoch Nkwe said.

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