Former South African batsman Daryll Cullinan issued a word of warning for the national team, saying he was not fully convinced the Proteas will advance to the 2023 World Cup in India given their performances on the ground and the administrative disorder of the ASC.
Unlike previous World Cups, qualification for the 2023 event will be based on the performance of the teams in the current ODI Super-League. Eight member nations, including the hosts, will qualify for the quadrennial event while the remaining teams will face each other in the ICC qualifiers.
“I don’t know if we will qualify for the next 50 Overs World Cup. Unlike the previous system where full member countries were guaranteed a place, they now have to qualify and that is where the concern lies, ” Daryll Cullinan told Indian women’s team coach , WV Raman, on his Youtube show “ Inside Out ”.
Cullinan called South Africa’s performance in the last World Cup, where they did not advance to the semi-finals, appalling. He also cited examples of how teams like New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh have shown improvements in recent times, unlike South Africa which has been riddled with loss of talent due to Kolpak. and the administrative disorder of Cricket South Africa.
Look at how New Zealand has passed its weight in recent times by producing smart cricketers. Even countries like Bangladesh and the West Indies are showing signs of improvement, ” he said.
South Africa have been grappling with the loss of so many talented cricketers to Kolpak, but that could change everything with the UK set to leave the EU, and Daryll Cullinan believes that with Cricketers like Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott, Duanne Oliver, Simon Harmer returning to the system will help South African selectors choose from a swollen talent pool.
“Our Kolpak players will be back and that will give the selectors more choices,” he said.
The former cricketer has also criticized Cricket South Africa for its administrative mess, which has lasted for more than two years now.
The cricket body is an absolute mismatch, a mismatch of a different agenda – from political regularities to financial regularities. They say I see a state like this, ” he said.
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