Africa Interim Team Director Looks Forward to exciting India Tour
The new interim director of South Africa team, Enoch Nkwe, says he is enduring many sleepless nights to find the “perfect formula” for his team to perform well during the tough tour of India that begins next week.
Nkwe, who was named last month after South Africa’s disastrous World Cup campaign under coach Ottis Gibson, said work has been done long before the tour that begins with the T20 series on September 15 in Dharamsala.
“A lot has been going behind the scenes to find the best formula for going to India,” Enoch Nkwe said ahead of the team’s departure on Thursday.
“They are sleepless nights but for a good cause and it is also an exciting challenge for everyone. It’s been a long hour communicating with the support staff and organization that have helped ensure I deliver the perfect things for the team.”
The three-match T20 series will follow by a three-match test series starting on October 2.
“There has been a lot of work, and we are slowly arriving in terms of preparing for the tour. We’ve been working hard enough to make sure that by the time we come together as a group, we can create a clear direction and structure,” Nkwe said.
Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener hired as a batting consultant for the T20 series, and Nkwe said his presence will be valuable.
“He has a lot of experience, he’s someone who hugs, and he likes the way he deals with white-ball cricket. He has been all over the world not only from a gaming perspective but has been involved in T20 leagues around the world in recent years.
“I see it having a serious impact and sharing some of the ideas that have worked for him. He’s excited about the journey that awaits this team in India, and we’ll unpack it as we go. Lance Klusener will add a lot of value to us in the coming months, and that’s good for us.”
India targets the local series with great confidence, having dominated the West Indies in all three formats in the contest in the Caribbean. Enoch Nkwe, a Temporary coach, said they would rather focus on their preparation than think about the opposition.
“To be honest, I haven’t had enough time to look at the opposition. I asked performance analyst Prasanna Agoram to look into it,” he said.
“We don’t want to spend much time on the opposition. Our team need to find our way for the four years ahead and I hope it will be part of that plan in the future.
“We want to return from India with some kind of plan for whoever takes full-time to be in a good position,” Nkwe added.