Cape Town – South African legend Graeme Pollock believes that the Proteas will struggle for the next few years following the retirements of key players.
The Proteas have been hit with multiple blows following their unsuccessful Cricket World Cup campaign which has seen the retirements of Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, JP Duminy and Imran Tahir across various formats.
The Proteas are also under the new leadership in the form of interim team director Enoch Nkwe for the upcoming tour to India next month.
Pollock admitted to Mid-Day.com that he thought South African cricket appeared “pretty mediocre”.
“SA have lost a lot of quality players over the years and I think they are going to struggle for the next few years to fill the gaps caused by the exits of those players,” the 75-year-old told the publication.
Last week, Amla announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket.
Pollock stated that Amla’s exit is a “tremendous loss” for the Proteas but believes that he made the correct decision to retire.
“Look, he was not getting the amount of runs he would’ve liked to have got towards the end of his career. I’m glad he played the World Cup,” said Pollock.
“I can understand his decision… He had a wonderful career. He was one of the best and did a helluva lot of good for South African cricket. He made runs in all forms of the game, remember. He’s made a big contribution and his exit is a tremendous loss.”
Meanwhile Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said: “It is always sad to bid farewell to one of the true legends of the game, but at the same time this is rather an occasion to celebrate the richness that Hashim has brought to the game around the world both on and off the field. His humility has always been his standout quality and I cannot imagine a better role model to teach us all how to lead better lives. He has added great value not only to the Proteas but to the country at large.
“I am sure cricket players, administrators, the media and fans from around the world will join the CSA Family in congratulating Hashim on a job well done and to wish him all the best for the future.
“We can indeed be grateful that he remains available for our domestic cricket and will continue to contribute by passing on his rich cricket and life experiences to our next generation of players,” concluded Moroe.
In a statement Amla said: “Firstly, all Glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege. I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire.
I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun.
Also, My family, friends and agent, my team mates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!
The fans for energizing me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga South Africa!
And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa – not forgetting the Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful. Love and peace. – Hashim – Sport 24.