Jacques Kallis Can Massively Help South African Cricket: Mark Boucher

Jacques Kallis Can Massively Help South African Cricket: Mark Boucher

Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith [Image Credits: Getty]

Proteas Head coach Mark Boucher has said that he would like to have his former teammate and the erstwhile batting consultant Jacques Kallis back into the set-up.

There has been a lot of confusion regarding Kallis’ role due to Cricket South Africa’s ‘no white consultant’ policy. However, the same has been scrapped by the current CSA interim board-led by former constitutional court justice Zak Yacoob.

Jacques Kallis Can Massively Help South African Cricket: Mark Boucher
Jacques Kallis [Photo-Getty]
Kallis, in the meanwhile, has joined the English set-up as a batting consultant for the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka. He, however, recently expressed his disappointment at not being able to help the next generation of South African cricketers in his capacity as batting coach.

“I suppose it’s the way of our country – a lot of players have fallen away because of needing people of colour involved,” said Kallis as quoted by ESPN.

“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.” he added.


‘He is on my radar’- Mark Boucher on Jacques Kallis

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Mark Boucher. Credit: Getty

Head coach Mark Boucher has said that while he hasn’t had a conversation with Jacques Kallis, he would love to have his former teammate back in the set-up as early as the Australian Test series at home in March.

Boucher said that Kallis had put in a lot of hard work with South African batsmen last year, having worked with them on an individual basis during the extended off-season via online platforms

”If we can get him involved somewhere soon, maybe against Australia, I think we must,” Mark Boucher said on Thursday as quoted by iol.co.za. Bavuma and he speaks highly of him. There’s a lot of knowledge that Jacques can pass on to a lot of our batters. He’s played over 150 Tests. The batting knowledge that he’s got, along with others in this country, needs to be utilised,” he added.

“He is on my radar to try and get him back involved in the Proteas set up. I just hope that we treat him with care. I think we’ve seen that he’s got a lot of other opportunities in world cricket at the moment. We’d be stupid not hang onto him, as long as we don’t mess him around. I know Jacques would love to be working in South African cricket and after the conversations we’ve had, we’ll hopefully see him back here.” Mark Boucher added.

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