Pollock sacked as S. African skipper


JOHANNESBURG: Shaun Pollock was sacked as captain of the South African cricket team on Saturday following the country's dismal World Cup campaign, the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) announced. 

Opening batsman Graeme Smith will succeed Pollock as South Africa captain, according to a senior cricket administrator on Saturday. 

“It's time to get behind the new captain, Graeme Smith,” Logan Naidoo told South African television. 

The Proteas began the World Cup as co-favourites and widely regarded as the one team capable of challenging Australia for the title. 

However, they never made it out of the preliminary round after winning three of their matches against Kenya, Canada and Bangladesh but losing to the West Indies and New Zealand and suffering a fatal tied game with Sri Lanka. 

Pollock admitted later his team had miscalculated the target needed in the rain-hit tie against Sri Lanka. 

Pollock's sacking came just hours after the UCBSA had been forced to quash speculation that the 29-year-old had resigned as the selectors met to pick a squad for tournaments in Bangladesh and Sharjah. – AFP  

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