Former South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini believes that the South Africa cricket director Graeme Smith will never pick him as the coach of the South Africa cricket team. Makhaya Ntini has represented the nation in 101 tests, 173 ODIs and 10 T20s taking 390, 266 and 6 wickets respectively. He played as a bowler under the captaincy of Graeme Smith for a lot of years.
Ntini after the retirement had stepped onto the coaching field and was the Zimbabwe coach from 2016 to 2018 until he was sacked. Makhaya Ntini is well known for his pace and the bounce he extracts from the pitch. He played in the IPL in the inaugural edition for the Chennai Super Kings. He has 18 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket and had been a great servant for South Africa with the ball for a period of 11 years.
He Doesn’t Like Stubborn People – Makhaya Ntini on Graeme Smith
Makhaya Ntini in an interview with SAFM has revealed that Graeme Smith isn’t fond of stubborn people and believes that he won’t be picked by Smith for the role of South Africa captain. He expressed his interest in coaching South Africa and was disappointed that he had to be fired in an attempt to make things right. Mark Boucher is the current coach of South Africa with Quinton de Kock being the current captain
“I’m still interested in coaching. I enjoyed my time with Zimbabwe; it’s a pity I was fired for wanting to do things right. But Graeme Smith will never call me for South Africa. He doesn’t like stubborn people. So, I don’t think I’ll be part of the Proteas coaching staff,” said Makhaya Ntini in an interview with SAFM.
South Africa Desperate For A Win In Pakistan
South Africa lost the recent away Test series 0-2 to Pakistan in their first visit after 14 years time. Pakistan produced a lot of key performances and bowled really well in the turning tracks to make merry of the South Africa batsman. The test series win also provided a lot of confidence into the T20 series for Pakistan and won the first T20 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20 series.
South Africa will be hoping to produce a better performance in the next T20 after losing out by just 3 runs in the previous game.