Procter applauds Maketa's appointment as SA assistant coach

19 November 2017 - 14:15 By Khanyiso Tshwaku
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Proteas head coach Ottis Gibson. File photo.
Proteas head coach Ottis Gibson. File photo.
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South Africa's first post-isolation coach and legendary all-rounder Mike Procter said Malibongwe Maketa's appointment as assistant coach to Ottis Gibson is a strong sign of Cricket South Africa's commitment to transformation.

While the former West Indian all-rounder that is Gibson replaced Russell Domingo‚ who was South African cricket's first national team coach of colour‚ Maketa replaced fellow Eastern Caper Adrian Birrell.

Cricket South Africa revealed the make-up of Gibson's back room staff on Thursday which consists of Dale Benkenstein (batting) and Justin Ontong (fielding).

Gibson will be taking care of the bowling aspect of the coaching group.

Gibson has already ticked off South Africa's first summer assignment with a blanking of Bangladesh but tougher engagements will follow in the form of India and Australia early next year.

“I may not have worked with Maketa but going by his reputation‚ he's done a good job and his reputation has carried far and wide and he seems to be a sensible guy‚" Procter said.

"Transformation is a good thing and if we have more players of colour in the national team‚ that would be a fantastic thing to see.

"But it has to be there on merit. However‚ he seems to be there on merit and he has a little bit of magic about him.

“Those three guys that Ottis Gibson has named as his assistants are fantastic individuals and they've all performed well.

"Dale would have come across Ottis in South Africa and England in their playing days but Ottis is a fantastic coach.

"His track record is very good and he's a sensible guy. He's made three good calls and let's just hope the three good calls he's made can bring us a World Cup.”

Procter‚ who has recently released an autobiography called Caught in the middle co-authored with Lungani Zama‚ said Gibson was a good choice as national team coach even though the decision took him by surprise.

Gibson had two stints as England's bowling coach alongside his head coaching gig with the West Indies.

Gibson also had a distinguished playing career with various South African provinces.

“Ottis is a very good choice as a coach but I was a little bit surprised that we got someone from the outside.

"If you're not a born and bred South Africa‚ it's difficult to understand the different situations that South African cricket is prone to.

"To bring an outsider in and try to explain issues like transformation‚ they tend to battle to understand those concepts‚” Procter said.

“If you're born and bred here‚ you have a better understanding but whether that's right or wrong is a matter of opinion for a lot of South African people.

"It's certainly the right choice though made by Cricket South Africa.”

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