Former Proteas convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang. Photo: BackpagePix

BREAKING: Victor Mpitsang axed as CSA convener of selectors

Victor Mpitsang has relinquished his role as CSA National Convenor of Selectors in a notable piece of news that was revealed on Friday.


Former Proteas convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang. Photo: BackpagePix

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have notably announced the appointment of Temba Bavuma as Proteas Test captain as part of a restructure within the leadership group of the national team. Bavuma’s first assignment will be to lead a 15-man squad in the two-match Test series against the West Indies from 28 February-12 March in Centurion and Johannesburg.

There is also quite a shake-up to the make up of the Test squad, with Tony de Zorzi receiving a maiden call-up, while Aiden Markram, Ryan Rickelton and Senuran Muthusamy return.


In other significant news as part of the restructure, it was also confirmed that CSA was currently reviewing the National Selection Committee procedures, and had decided to release Victor Mpitsang of his role as National Convenor of Selectors.

The current interim structure will see the head coaches of the respective teams playing a leading role in squad selections going forward.

“We also felt this was an opportune time to reassess the selection team and have decided to make some changes that we expect will help us with planning better in the future,” CSA director of cricket Enoch Nkwe explained. “In this regard, we thank Victor for the time he has invested with the national team over the last few years and wish him well for the future.”

Mpitsang has come in for criticism at times

The former Proteas player has been at the helm of the selection committee for quite some time, but there have been various comments and complaints about a lack of communication and clarity in the past.

Just recently, recalled batsman Ryan Rickelton said he begged Mpitsang to pick him for the Proteas’ latest Test tour of Australia after he was left out due to an apparent injury concern.

“I was surprised that I wasn’t going to Australia [with the Proteas],” Rickelton told Rapport newspaper in December. “[The selectors] usually call you a day or two before the time to say you’re in or you’re out.

“I was at the golf course at Sun City on the Sunday and Victor called me. He said I am in the squad and the plan is for me to go [to Australia], but there is a medical cross next to my name. I told him I can play, I have a plan in place. There was little communication between the doctors and Vic, and he didn’t know what was going on.

“Vic said he would call me back, he was just going to talk to Dr Shuaib Manjra [CSA’s chief medical officer]. I waited between half an hour and 45 minutes, and when I didn’t hear anything, I called Dr Manjra. I asked why they were stopping me from going, as I have a plan that my surgeon approved. Dr Manjra said I can’t go with [the team].

“After that, I called Vic and basically begged him: ‘Vic, please, I need someone to stand up for me.’ But nobody did. The communication … it was a day before the time, and no one spoke to me before that. It wasn’t a good situation, and I had three hours to try to sort it out, but the doctor didn’t want to know anything.”

The latest Proteas Test squad will assemble in Centurion on 24 February.

The latest Proteas squad. Photo: Twitter


South Africa Betway Test Series against West Indies

28 February – 04 March

South Africa vs West Indies – SuperSport Park, Centurion

08 – 12 March

South Africa vs West Indies – DP World Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Both matches to start at 10:00.