The team culture adapts to everyone, it is not geared towards a specific group
Ahead of their India tour, South Africa’s white ball captain Temba Bavuma spoke about the controversies surrounding the national team with regards to the dressing room environment and team culture.
The Proteas National Team has been marred by controversy over the conduct of head coach, Mark Boucher, and manager, Graeme Smith, and Quinton de Kock’s refusal to take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement to n to name a few. . Bavuma said they were ready to put it all behind them and focus on the long road ahead.
“It’s inclusive. When I say inclusive, I’m looking at the management team. You have guys from different backgrounds, coming in with their different perspectives and the guys are able to sit down at a table and share their ideas and whatever decision we make is a global decision. He is the one who welcomes everyone. It is not one that is biased to a specific group.”
“For the team, the most important thing for me are the conversations we had. It was more about putting aside your point of view and being able to empathize with the other guy; listen to what the other guy says,” he said.
The board forced Proteas players to take a knee during their T20 World Cup 2021 matches which drew mixed reactions from the world.
“You don’t have to agree with what he says, just understand where he’s coming from and have that empathy. Common sense is common sense. What is bad is bad. What is right is right. But at least you kind of understand what informs a certain guy in his decision-making or his attitude. It was the greatest thing“, Bavuma added.
“It’s an environment where it’s conducive for the guys to play well” – Temba Bavuma
Bavuma and co. will be embarking on tours of India, England and Australia in the near future and they must perform well keeping in mind the two white ball tournaments in the next couple of years.
“We push each other, we push the limits and we try to get better and better. There is openness in the team. If I think back to the conversations that took place, they were sensitive conversations, and I don’t think any group would have those kinds of conversations and still be in a place where they wanted to play for each other on the pitch. .”
“It’s a great environment for the guys to play well and I’d like to think the younger guys coming in, feel like they can come in and be themselves, but more importantly perform.“, Bavuma added.
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