CSA appoint Conrad, ditch Jennings

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Cricket South Africa have announced the appointment of Shukri Conrad as National Academy Head Coach and Lawrence Mahatlane as coach of the World Cup-winning under-19 team.

Cricket South Africa have announced the appointment of Shukri Conrad as National Academy Head Coach and Lawrence Mahatlane as coach of the World Cup-winning under-19 team.

CSA did not consider Ray Jennings' application to help with youth development, despite leading the under 19 side to this year's world title, and after nine years in charge of the youngsters.

CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat said: "I would like to congratulate both individuals on their respective appointments and wish them well as we re-organise ourselves for greater success in future.

"I would also like to thank Ray Jennings for his fantastic service as our under-19 Head Coach over the past nine years.

"Change is inevitable and these new appointments follow the restructuring put forward through the Cricket Pipeline Committee and approved by the Board in February."

Corrie van Zyl, CSA General Manager, explained the new structure: "The under-19 Head Coach will focus on the management of the Talent Acceleration Programme (TAP) and the coaching of the under-19 national team.

"As such he will attend all regional and national camps and weeks that form part of the TAP.

"The National Academy Head Coach will focus on the National Academy programme during the off-season period from May to September and manage the standardization process of the provincial academies.

"During the in-season period he will act as the Head of scouts and master coaches in the semi-professional structure and monitor existing national academy candidates in semi-professional cricket and identify new candidates for the national academy."

Jennings told Cricinfo of his reaction: "I am bitterly disappointed. But if the system doesn't want you, then it doesn't want you. It's upsetting that it was left so late to let me know."

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