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Former South African Pacer Criticizes Test Squad Selection Amid SA20 Prioritization
By CricShots - Jan 10, 2024 3:13 pm
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Former South African pace bowler Brian McMillian has strongly criticized Cricket South Africa’s decision to announce a third-string Test squad for their series against New Zealand. The squad includes uncapped player Neil Brand as captain, as most of the first-choice and centrally contracted players are participating in the SA20 T20 tournament, which clashes with the New Zealand series in the World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle.

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South Africa Test team

McMillian, who played alongside legends like Hansie Cronje and Allan Donald in the 90s, expressed his disapproval of Cricket South Africa’s policies. He pointed out that players like Virat Kohli prioritize Test cricket over T20 leagues, emphasizing the need for countries to give priority to their national teams. McMillian praised India for managing their players well and ensuring their participation in Test cricket.

“I have my views on how countries should run their players. People make a name on essence,” Brian McMillian stated, highlighting the importance of giving priority to one’s country. He criticized the trend of players skipping Test cricket to participate in T20 leagues, stating that although Test cricket faces threats, it will remain the ultimate game.

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After retiring from cricket, McMillian pursued an MBA and got involved in his family’s business, which includes finance, telecom, printers, and production machines. When asked about staying away from Cricket South Africa, he mentioned that it was too political for him.

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Former South African bowler, Brian McMillan

“I don’t go to the ground as it is too political for me, and I have my viewpoints on that. I really love the game, and I have my viewpoints on that,” Brian McMillian explained.

He also criticized South Africa’s selection policy, expressing doubts about equal opportunities for players. McMillian questioned whether the entire team was selected on merit and stated that he does not support South African cricket because he believes there is a lack of equal opportunities.

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South Africa Squad For NZ Test Series: Neil Brand (captain), David Bedingham, Ruan de Swardt, Clyde Fortuin, Zubayr Hamza, Tshepo Moreki, Mihlali Mpongwana, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Dane Piedt, Raynard van Tonder, Shaun von Berg and Khaya Zondo