South Africa was one of the favorites to reach the knockout stages of this T20 World Cup. After its abandoned match against Zimbabwe, the proteas won back-to-back matches against Bangladesh and India. The proteas just need one more win from its remaining matches against Pakistan and Netherlands. However, what comes as a shock is first, it lost to Pakistan and then to the associate nation Netherlands. Temba Bavuma led side once again proved why South Africa is called ‘chokers.’ South Africa failing at the big matches of the tournament is an old story. South Africa board issues the statement after their shocking exit from the T20 World Cup.
Cricket South Africa Issued Official Statement
Cricket South Africa expressed their disappointment over the Proteas’ shocking exit from the T20 World Cup. The loss is hard to swallow as it lost to an associate nation Netherlands. The statement read,
“The reality is that the Team did not perform to expectations, which occasioned this disappointing outcome. It is our duty to regroup and rebuild based on our glaring shortcomings at the T20 World Cup.”
The statement added,
“The Proteas went to the ICC T20 World Cup with high hopes that they would make it to the final. CSA supported the team on their campaign and held high hopes that they will carry through. It is unfortunate that they did not make it as we had all hoped. However, it is incumbent to support them into the future. It is evidently hard for all of us to be faced with this disappointment. However, our focus should be rebuilding the team for future success. Lessons learnt from this experience will be inculcated into strategies to redeem from the weaknesses and build a formidable attack in future.”
It is clearly evident that the board is not happy with the performance and will now look to rebuild the team for the future. Temba Bavuma, who failed to impress with his performance and his captaincy, is likely to be sacked from the team. Many ex-cricketers and cricket experts have raised the question of Temba Bavuma in playing XI with the players like Reeza Hendricks warming the match in the tournament.
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We have got the four teams who qualified for the semi-finals. New Zealand will lock horns against Pakistan in the first semi-final at Sydney on Wednesday, November 9th. While India will take on England at Adelaide on Thursday, November 10th. Which team do you think will lift the trophy in this T20 World Cup? Let us know in the comments below.