Cricket South Africa (CSA) is looking forward to reassigning former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis as a batting consultant for the Proteas, ahead of South Africa and Australia’s three-match Test series next month.
This comes into light after the interim board suspended the new transformation targets last month, making way for the resumption of appointment of white consultants.
Jaques Kallis, who is currently filling in as England’s batting specialist for the Test series in Sri Lanka, had expressed his dissatisfaction at being forced out of South Africa cricket activities, after their appropriation of a governmental policy regarding minorities in society strategy a year ago.
The board had specified that consultants of colour be chosen as part of their transformation drive.
“I wasn’t allowed to be involved because Cricket South Africa said there would be no more white consultants, so, unfortunately, that fell away,” Kallis said before the first Test between England and Sri Lanka. “I suppose it’s the way of our country – a lot of players have fallen away because of needing people of colour involved.
It’s tough but we understand where it comes from. It’s the modern way of the world. It’s sad in a way that I can’t help out in South Africa, but I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in the England setup.”
After he parted ways with the Proteas, a few players spoke to Kallis about proceeding to work with him on a more casual premise, however, that chance was hindered.
“Unfortunately there was that rule, so it was pretty much taken out of my hands,” Kallis said.
CSA explained in September that it “had not taken and won’t make a decision to work exclusively with dark experts” and “put on hold” the governmental policy regarding minorities in social strategy. Kallis said he knew nothing about the latter development and has no plans after the end of the Sri Lanka series beyond returning home to assist his wife with raising their 10‑month‑old boy, Joshua.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for me to take and see where it goes,” he said of the England role.
Speaking of his experience on working with the England team, Kallis said that he has been quite impressed with the players.
“I’ve been very impressed with them,” Kallis said of England’s young players. “They’ve got a lot of knowledge, and they’re hungry to succeed. They’re going to make mistakes along the way but that’s OK, that’s how you learn and grow. I think there’s a lot of youngsters that are going to score a lot of Test runs for England. It’s nice I can perhaps help them achieve the goals and dreams they want to achieve.”