Roger Telemachus Dolphins CEO says passed over for coach role based on the interview, feedback

Roger Telemachus “We looked at all the issues, including feedback from players and, in terms of the interview, the impressive interview that Mr [Michael] Smith gave”

Roger Telemachus was ignored for the KwaZulu Natal Inland coaching job in favor of Michael Smith. Because Smith gave a more impressive interview, and not because of racial profiling.

So says Dolphins CEO Heinrich Strydom. Who testified as a respondent at Cricket South Africa‘s Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN). Hearings and raised allegations that Telemachus was mistakenly overlooked.

Telemachus focused on CSA’s recruiting policy during his July appearance. On the SJN, specifically mentioning the appointment of national coach Mark Boucher and also discussing his own situation.

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He worked with the KwaZulu Natal inland team for seven years. During which time he won two trophies and has since been appointed head coach of the Western Province Academy.

Strydom explained how Telemachus and KwaZulu Natal Cricket parted ways prior to the restructured 2021-22 seasons. Reducing the number of jobs available on the system.

South Africa has abolished the franchise system. And now has a 15-team provincial system, effectively reducing the total number of teams. And therefore head coaches, from 21 to 15.

Mr. Telemachus‘ contract with the KZN Cricket Union ended in April 2020. But at the end of that season, which was interrupted and abandoned because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We decided to offer him a one-year extension until the conclusion of the 2020-2021 season. Which he accepted. I can categorically state that no expectation was created that he would be re-employed once this extension had expired. For the 2021-22 season, the position of coach and assistant coach for the KZN Inland team. Became available and the positions were advertised in terms of KZN cricket employment policies. Mr. Telemachus applied for these positions but was unfortunately unsuccessful.”

The decision not to appoint Telemachus was made by a four-person panel that interviewed all candidates for the position.

Including the Dolphins‘ selection officer who is also the chairman of the cricket committee. The manager of the cricket service for KZN Domestic, the KZN Inland coach manager, and a personnel officer.

Strydom was also supposed to participate in the interviews but was unable to after a scare from Covid19. Strydom confirmed that all members of the interview panel are of color.

When asked why Smith, who was previously a high-school coach at the elite school Maritzburg College. Was preferred over Telemachus, who holds a Level 4 coaching qualification.

Strydom said:

“In terms of the committee‘s feedback, they felt Mr. Smith‘s presentation was very impressive. And he adhered to all the requirements they have, so that’s why they want to go with him,” Strydom said.

Strydom was asked to respond to an accusation by Telemachus that Strydom told. Telemachus that Smith brought more value and credentials to the publication, which Strydom denied. Despite recalling a conversation in which he believed Telemachus was out of the picture. air after cleaning.

“We had a conversation when he called me. And he was talking quite aggressively about why he didn’t find the best candidate. For the position to move KZN Domestic forward. Even later he said that he understood and that everything was fine. To my surprise, the SJN was used as a platform to criticize the process we were conducting. “

Testimony at the SJN will be heard for the next two weeks. Before Ntsebeza submits her report to the CSA in late November.

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