The post 2015 World Cup era of South African cricket was ushered in on Tuesday with the unveiling of a new national bowling coach and a new selection panel. Charl Langeveldt replaced Allan Donald, whostepped downin April while Linda Zondi, the former Kwa-Zulu Natal player, has been put in charge of a new selection panel that includes Ashwell Prince, Errol Stewart and Hussein Manack. Russell Domingo was also given a seat on the panel and a contract extension until 2017.
In keeping with CSA's renewed commitment transformation, Zondi has become the first black African convener of selectors. He was previously in charge of the under-19 selection panel and the Dolphins selection committee and has already served one term as a national selector under Andrew Hudson, who did not make himself available for reappointment. All the other members of Hudson's panel were re-nominated and only Shafiek Abrahams has not been retained.
Instead, the international player contingent has been filled by Prince and Stewart. Prince was more recently involved with South Africa - he played his last Test in December 2011 and has since been in action at Lancashire, for whom he scored a double-hundred last week. Prince was also one of the player representatives on the board of the South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) which speaks to the respect he commanded among fellow players.
Stewart, a wicketkeeper, played just six ODIs for South Africa in a career which spanned more than a decade and clashed with the rise of Mark Boucher. He retired the season before the franchise system came into effect in the 2004-05 after refusing to lead South Africa A in Zimbabwe for political reasons. He is a lawyer by trade and has also played rugby at provincial level.
Manack is the other surviving member from Hudson's panel and has been involved in administration at Gauteng, where he sat on the board, and the Lions franchise, in recent years. He was tipped for the convener job after traveling as the selector on tour for significant swathes of the 2015 World Cup.
Langeveldt was also part of the World Cup group, where it became evident he was being groomed as Donald's successor. Langeveldt was first roped into the South African management team during the tour of West Indies in December 2014. At the time, it was mooted as an exercise for Langeveldt to learn as a coach after mentoring Cobras' players such as Beuran Hendricks.
"He has shown a lot of promise with the work he has done with some of the bowlers in the Cobras set-up," Domingo said at the time. "So hopefully he will gain some valuable experience and understanding during his time with us"
It transpired that Langeveldt's expertise in death bowling was what South Africa needed most as they approached the World Cup and he was taken along to provide advice through the tournament. He worked closely with the attack throughout the event. When Donald revealed he would not seek a renewal of his contract, Langeveldt was presumed the natural successor.
Confirmation of his appointment completes the management team that will take South Africa through the next two years, which begins with a tour of Bangladesh in July, includes a four-Test tour of India, a four-Test visit by England, a World T20 and the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Adrian Birrell has been retained as Domingo's assistant and Claude Henderson remains the spin bowling consultant with all the rest of the support staff unchanged.