Coaches and contracts, these terms have failed to realize the real meaning of lockdown. While cricket on the field suffered an unprecedented pause, the English side seems to have shown a way alongside their West Indian male counterparts. Cricket South Africa has been in the news lately. There was the honor given by CSA and now it has offered a three-year extension to the coach.
Hilton Moreeng has been given a three-year addition to his current tenure. He took the protea side to the semifinals of the 2020 T20 World Cup. Hilton is the former wicketkeeper and was coaching the national side from 2012. As mentioned, he was instrumental in taking his side to the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2020.
In a statement, he said that “To be given the chance to work with the women’s team again is an exciting opportunity. I want to thank Cricket South Africa for the confidence they’ve shown in me to be able to lead this talented group of cricketers into the next phase of their journey”. He added that “When I first started, we had a number of young players with a lot of potentials — now they’ve matured and have shown that they can compete with the best in the world”. His record in global events has been satisfactory.
He got his side into the final fours of the 2014 T20 World Cup and also the 2017 World Cup. In the light of the upcoming 2021 ODI world cup and 2022 T20 World Cup scheduled in New Zealand and South Africa, he has been given a longer rope. Director of Cricket for the CSA said that “Their recent performances in both white-ball formats have firmly established them as one of the top teams in the world as witnessed by their recent ODI tour to New Zealand and their performances against the world’s acknowledged leaders, Australia and England, at the recent T20 World Cup”.
He further added that “Hilton and Dane van Niekerk have formed an impressive leadership team for the Proteas and Hilton’s reappointment also means there will be consistency on the road ahead. The Proteas are now well-positioned to bid for that World Cup”.
Hilton has had a great amount of experience as the Head Coach. For someone who has been with players from the start, it is not wrong to except that the rapport would be warm. However, trophies should define performance and Proteas can hope to get one in the upcoming years.