Proteas coach confirms resignation

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pretoria - Mickey Arthur has confirmed his resignation with immediate effect as Proteas coach, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Wednesday.

"I have decided to resign as national coach of the Proteas with immediate effect as I feel that it is in the best interests both of me and of the team," Arthur said.

He said differences of approach on how to get the Proteas back to the top of world cricket have arisen between the Board of Cricket South Africa and himself and he does not believe that he can take the team forward under the present circumstances.

"There comes a time when you have to move on and I know in my own heart that I have taken the right decision.

"It is never a bad thing to have a fresh pair of legs running the show and I wish my successor all the best in his endeavours," he said.

The announcement was made at a media briefing in East London which was attended by Arthur, CSA CEO Gerald Majola, Proteas captain Graeme Smith and team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee.

Majola said it was with much regret that the Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa has accepted Mickey Arthur's resignation as the Proteas' coach.

"His resignation came through the normal stock-taking process which followed the England home series and against the backdrop of the disappointing results of 2009.

"As this process unfolded and remedies were sought, Mickey expressed the very honest and humble view that he did not believe that at this stage he could continue as coach of the Proteas," said Majola.

The board thanked Arthur for his work as a coach.

CSA also announced that as part of its restructuring process, members of the national selection committee have been relieved of their duties.

They will be replaced by Gerald Majola (Convenor), a former member of the national selection panel, Corrie van Zyl and former Proteas captain, Kepler Wessels.

This interim panel will be in place until the CSA Board meeting on 19 February, where the national team structures will be finalised.

CSA said High Performance Manager Corrie van Zyl has been appointed as the team's interim coach.

The Proteas leave for their tour of India on Saturday to play two test matches and three One Day Internationals against the hosts.