Cricket South Africa (CSA) shares in the disappointment of South Africans on the loss of the Proteas to the Netherlands at the Adelaide Oval, in Australia on Sunday, which eliminated them from the ICC T20 World Cup tournament. Chasing 159 to win, the Proteas fell to 145/8, a demise which means they will miss the semi-finals.
The Proteas started their T20 World Cup campaign on a solid footing, which boosted the Team’s confidence. However, despite the Proteas’ efforts on the pitch with the Netherlands, the latter went away with the stakes.
Speaking on the team’s early exit from the tournament, CSA Director of Cricket, Enoch Nkwe said:
“The reality is that the Team did not perform to expectations, which occasioned this disappointing outcome. It is our duty to regroup and rebuild based on our glaring shortcomings at the T20 World Cup.”
CSA Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki added:
“The Proteas went to the ICC T20 World Cup with high hopes that they would make it to the final. CSA supported the team on their campaign and held high hopes that they will carry through. It is unfortunate that they did not make it as we had all hoped. However, it is incumbent to support them into the future.
“It is evidently hard for all of us to be faced with this disappointment. However, our focus should be rebuilding the team for future success. Lessons learnt from this experience will be inculcated into strategies to redeem from the weaknesses and build a formidable attack in future.”
[Submitted by Kevin Rademeyer]