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Prince steps down as South Africa selector to concentrate on coaching

Ashwell Prince played 66 Tests between 2002 and 2011 before moving on to coaching and selecting Getty Images

Ashwell Prince has resigned from South Africa's selection panel to concentrate his efforts on coaching. Prince was one of two former internationals, alongside Errol Stewart, on the four-man committee which also includes convener Linda Zondi and former Gauteng player Hussein Manack. There is no indication of when a replacement for Prince will be announced.

"I feel I have more to offer as a coach, so that's what I want to concentrate on," Prince told ESPNcricinfo. "Being both a coach and a selector was not an option as it is regarded as a conflict of interest."

Prince, a batsman who played 66 Tests, 52 ODIs and a T20I between 2002 and 2011, signed off as a selector before South Africa A's tour to Australia, where he travelled as the team's assistant and batting coach. He is considering opportunities at domestic level for the upcoming season and is close to confirming a position. He is also hopeful of completing coaching qualifications, although he missed out on the Level Three course that started last Monday. The course is only run once a year, so Prince may have to wait until 2017 to further his studies.

Prince became a national selector in June 2015, a tough period for South African cricket. In that time, the team played 12 Tests and won just two, played 22 ODIs and won 11 and were victorious in 10 of their 15 T20s. Among the positives from the period was the rise of Kagiso Rabada, Temba Bavuma and Tabraiz Shamsi.