Pollock sacked, replacement to be named on Sunday
Published: Sunday, March 16, 2003, 4:50 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Pollock likely to face the axe along with few others
Johannesburg: Shaun Pollock was sacked as captain of the South African team on Saturday following the country's dismal World Cup campaign, the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) announced. A statement released by the UCBSA said a replacement will be named on Sunday. "On recommendation from the national selectors and with the input from the national cricket committee, the general council of the United Cricket Board of South Africa has decided to relieve Shaun Pollock of the captaincy of the South African national team with immediate effect," said a UCBSA statement. The Proteas began the World Cup as co-favourites and widely regarded as the one team capable of challenging defending champions Australia for the title. However, they never made it out of the preliminary round after winning three of their matches against Kenya, Canada and Bangladesh but losing to the West Indies and New Zealand and suffering a fatal tied game with Sri Lanka. Pollock admitted later his team had miscalculated the target needed in the rain-hit tie against Sri Lanka. "Shaun is a very valuable member of the national squad and is one of the world's best all-rounders," said UCBSA chief executive Gerald Majola. "He will continue to play a vital role in the team." Pollock's sacking came just hours after the UCBSA had been forced to quash speculation that the 29-year-old had resigned as the selectors met to pick a squad for tournaments in Bangladesh and Sharjah.