Will Arthur get the chop?

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Admin on 7 Feb 2008 at 13:47


National cricket coach Mickey Arthur’s job is in jeopardy after he was accused of blithely ignoring transformation requirements in selecting a squad for Bangladesh reports Murray Williams on IOL.

The president of Cricket South Africa, Norman Arendse, told the Cape Argus on Thursday morning that he had laid formal charges against Arthur with the cricket authority, accusing him of being “disrespectful” and “abusive”.

More important, Arendse accused Arthur of “cocking a snook at his employers’ policy of transformation”.

“If a coach says, ‘There’s no transformation policy’ (among selectors), if he says, ‘Sorry, I’m not prepared to implement Cricket South Africa’s policies’, then his position is untenable,” Arendse said.

The charges he had laid against Arthur would be dealt with by CSA’s chief executive, Gerald Majola, who would establish a disciplinary committee to investigate.

The breakdown in relations between the two men came this week when Arendse questioned the make-up of the Proteas squad due to leave for the tests against Bangladesh shortly.

In response, Arthur rejected reports that he was threatening to resign. He added: “There was nothing that drastic … but the selection panel were very disappointed that we were asked to alter the squad.”

Arthur said that today was “a crucial day”.

“Anything could happen in terms of the composition of the squad. I haven’t thought about what course of action I would take if our squad isn’t ratified”.

Arendse said on Thursday morning that his appointment as CSA president was “unashamedly pro-transformation” and it was his specific job to interrogate the selectors on their progress in transforming the national team from mostly white to a more broadly representative group.

In a teleconference this week, he said he had done this but Arthur had told him he was not a selector, and therefore should not interfere.

“The more I was asking questions about transformation, the more he (Arthur) said they did not have a transformation policy,” Arendse said.

“He questioned the fact that I was even asking questions and holding him to account.”

Arthur had treated his rightful questioning of the squad make-up in a “demeaning way”.

Reports have suggested that Arendse was particularly aggrieved that Herschelle Gibbs and Monde Zondeki were not included in the squad, but he denied naming them.

Arendse said CSA’s General Council would “address urgently” Arthur’s position in the next two days. He had been involved in Arthur’s appointment as coach and his attitude was “hugely disappointing, hugely problematic”.

Reports on Thursday morning suggested that Arendse had, in turn, infuriated Arthur and his fellow selectors. Sources who did not want to be named said Arthur and his fellow selectors, as well as captain Graeme Smith, had considered resigning, and a players’ strike had been threatened.

Responding to the alleged strike threat, Arendse said transformation in South African cricket had always been “managed according to protocol” in other words it had to be negotiated constantly.

He suggested he would welcome a situation in which transformation was openly embraced and vigorously championed by all. He indicated that Arthur did not do so.

Well-informed cricket sources said on Thursday morning that the team would be “deeply traumatised” if Arthur was sacked so close to the squad’s departure.

One said that “Graeme (Smith) is basically running the ship”, but losing Arthur as a difficult few months loomed would be “a disaster”.


  • Seems like Arthur is deliberately trying to be obtuse.

    SA Cricket has long had a policy of not taking injured players on tour.

    Now thats not relevant to MacKenzie as he is now ostensibly fit but its definitely applicable to Nel.

    I’m so gatvol of Smith threatening to resign every time somebody takes his dummy. I wish he’d just make good on his threats and step down.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.02.08 13:54:55 by Vinnie Reply
  • Aussie ‘A’ team are going to SMASH this outfit…

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.02.08 13:59:15 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Big prediction that bryce.
    Especially after the less than perfect performance against the Indians.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.02.08 14:00:42 by Vinnie Reply
  • “less than perfect performance against the Indians”

    Are you kidding me… did you watch the tests?

    This was an awesome 5 test battle between the number 1 and 2 top teams in the world… with the Aussies only losing one game in the 19???

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.02.08 14:08:01 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • The tests against England will show where the Proteas really are at… that WI team was rubbish…

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.02.08 14:10:09 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Ozzie “A” team… and smash… those were the operative words I focussed on.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.02.08 14:11:25 by Vinnie Reply
  • Let me rephrase that then…lol… I cannot see the Proteas winning a single test match against the Australian side that will no doubt be featuring a few ‘up and comers’…

    Of course I do hope to be proven wrong… but this season, living over here one can sense the entire country not just the team have stepped up to another level when it comes to cricket…

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.02.08 14:15:20 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Well they’ve kind of been forced to pick a few non-regulars thanks to Gilchrist’s retirement and that other quickie that has decided professional cricket is too much stress.

    What’s his name again?

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.02.08 14:18:48 by Vinnie Reply
  • Kaspravich

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.02.08 14:22:39 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Nah thats not the one I was referring to.

    Just did a search and its Shaun Tait who has hung up his boots.


  • Comment 10, posted at 07.02.08 14:27:59 by Vinnie Reply
  • Bryce

    It was a 4 test series won 2-1 by Aus. The last test was drawn.

    We can beat the Aussies but we have to be on top of our game and not get involved in sledging and media games.

    Smith needs to shut the hell up and focus on scoring some runs when it matters.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.02.08 14:37:44 by wpw Reply
  • Oz were lucky with that 2nd test.

    Still better than us though – in Gibbs, AB dV and Smith we have guys who can take a team apart or go down very meekly indeed.

    Plus our bowlers are raw and lack intelligent, guileful option when conditions are not favourable, now that Shaun retired.

    I have little sympathy for this lot since they basically pushed Shaun to retirement by not selecting him regularly. Handle ALL your resources carefully.

    The only one I feel sorry for is McKenzie.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.02.08 14:57:23 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish

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