Graeme Pollock (Gallo Images)
Cape Town – South African legend Graeme Pollock believes that the Proteas will struggle for the next few years following the retirements of key players.
The Proteas have been hit with multiple blows following their unsuccessful Cricket World Cup campaign which has seen the retirements of Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, JP Duminy and Imran Tahir across various formats.
The Proteas are also under the new leadership in the form of interim team director Enoch Nkwe for the upcoming tour to India next month.
Pollock admitted to Mid-Day.com that he thought South African cricket appeared “pretty mediocre”.
“SA have lost a lot of quality players over the years and I think they are going to struggle for the next few years to fill the gaps caused by the exits of those players,” the 75-year-old told the publication.
Last week, Amla announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket.
Pollock stated that Amla’s exit is a “tremendous loss” for the Proteas but believes that he made the correct decision to retire.
“Look, he was not getting the amount of runs he would’ve liked to have got towards the end of his career. I’m glad he played the World Cup,” said Pollock.
“I can understand his decision… He had a wonderful career. He was one of the best and did a helluva lot of good for South African cricket. He made runs in all forms of the game, remember. He’s made a big contribution and his exit is a tremendous loss.”
Pollock played only 23 Tests for South Africa after the country was banned from playing international cricket in 1970 due to Apartheid.