South African coach Mark Boucher have announced that Quinton de Kock will be released of his leadership duties after the completion of the Test series against Pakistan. The Proteas will not be playing any Test cricket for the next nine months after Australia postponed their recent tour to South Africa and Boucher feels that it’s a good time to relieve some burden of Quinton de Kock
“When we get back after this tour we’ve got a bit of time before our next Test series so we can sit down and make a good, solid call on who can take over from him and release him from that burden and try and get the best out of him,” Boucher said to Cricinfo
The South African skipper has not been in good form of late and Boucher believes that the additional responsibility of being the skipper is taking a toll on the southpaw.
“It’s been tough on Quinny. If you’re not scoring runs it gets highlighted, especially if you’re a captain,” he added
“We’re not that harsh on Quinny in this environment. We know that he’s a quality player and there’s a good innings around the corner for him. He has been given the extra burden of being captain and that can be tough and something he’s not used to.”
Talking about CA’s decision to postpone their tour of South Africa, Boucher termed the Australian board’s decision as “extremely disappointing” and said that it will lead to huge financial losses to the CSA.
I know there was a lot of planning going into the Australian tour back home. We haven’t really been a part of that, but it seems a lot of goalposts were being moved for that particular tour, for Australia,” Boucher said.
“For example, the one positive that came out of the bubble against Sri Lanka was the hotel that we stayed at (Irene County Club). We thought it was a great hotel for us as South Africans. It suits our needs and the cultural way that we are, being outdoors.”
“And we even surrendered that to Australia. There’s probably a feeling that we were laying down the red carpet for Australia, which is frustrating at times. After all of that, it’s very disappointing and disruptive to our plans going forward.”