Following the extended reign of Moreeng, it is known that a handful of players wrote to CSA expressing their desire to see change.
Hilton Moreeng will extend his tenure as coach of the South African women’s national team beyond 11 years.
Moreeng has been in command since 2012 and was anticipated to step down after the T20 World Cup, in which South Africa reached the final, but he will remain at least through the 2023-24 season.
According to C2D cricket info, a group of players are dissatisfied with Moreeng’s continuation, and some of them have emailed Cricket South Africa with their complaints.
After Moreeng’s extended tenure, there was a desire to see a change in the coaching approach, according to sources.
Moreeng has been rewarded for a string of good results, which includes qualifying for the last two 50-over World Cup semi-finals and being the first coach to lead a senior South African team to the World Cup final.
“It was never going to make sense not to extend (Moreeng’s deal) due to the upcoming back-to-back tours,” Pholetsi Moseki, CSA’s chief executive officer, told ESPNcricinfo.
Despite not having played since the T20 World Cup in February, South Africa has a packed schedule over the next few months, beginning with a voyage to Pakistan in August.
They will then return home to host New Zealand and have already scheduled Future Tours Programme (FTP) visits from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka prior to an all-format voyage to Australia in early 2024.
The time between the expiration of Moreeng’s contract in April and the start of this season’s games was deemed insufficient to find a replacement. “It would not have been fair to ask a new manager to take over with less than a month to prepare the team for the Pakistan series [which begins on September 1],” Moseki explained.
Instead, CSA has focused on establishing a new position in women’s cricket: chief of women’s cricket. The application period for the position closed on July 14, and C2D cricket info understands that the appointment is still being finalized. Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe has met with the women’s team management this week.
Nkwe was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.