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No regrets of losing captaincy: Pollock

Shaun Pollock has no regrets with losing his job as captain of the South African team after a disastrous World Cup campaign.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2003 21:55 IST

Shaun Pollock has no regrets with losing his job as captain of the South African team after a disastrous World Cup campaign and is determined to play his part in the rebuilding process of the side.

"I don't think I will look back in regret. I am proud of what I achieved as captain. Now I have to move forward and play my part in the rebuilding process" Pollock, who was fired after the first-round exit of his team from the World Cup, told reporters here.

"After the World Cup, The team-man that he is, Pollock has no problems playing under the 22-year-old Graeme Smith, the youngest ever SouthAfr ican skipper, and wants the new captain to get on with the job and "find his feet".

"You have to let Graeme get on with the job and find his feet. He needs the support of all the seniors," he said.

"I wont say anything to him at this stage, I want him to do it in his style. Let him settle down."

The star all rounder, who has had an impressive track record as captain, said the new team management had thought of a different role for him and may even contemplate elevating him in the batting order as the pinch hitter.

"Obviously as a senior player, I will try to give as much support to Graeme as possible. I have to try and perform and take as many wickets as possible. Graeme feels I should bowl first change. Since I am not used to doing that, I am trying to learn.

"It is a question of making the necessary adjustements considering the conditions. There has also been some talk of moving me up the batting order," Pollock said.

The former captain said the post World Cup retirements of some of the senior players had given a nice opportunity to the youngsters to come into the team and cement their place.

"Obviously, now the pressure has been taken away (from me). I enjoyed the job of leading the South African team and now you have to keep going whether you are captain or not," he said.

The team-man that he is, Pollock has no problems playing under the 22-year-old Graeme Smith, the youngest ever South African skipper, and wants the new captain to get on with the job and "find his feet".

"You have to let Graeme get on with the job and find his feet. He needs the support of all the seniors," he said.

"I wont say anything to him at this stage, I want him to do it in his style. Let him settle down."

The star all rounder, who has had an impressive track record as captain, said the new team management had thought of a different role for him and may even contemplate elevating him in the batting order as the pinch hitter.

"Obviously as a senior player, I will try to give as much support to Graeme as possible. I have to try and perform and take as many wickets as possible. Graeme feels I should bowl first change. Since I am not used to doing that, I am trying to learn.

"It is a question of making the necessary adjustements considering the conditions. There has also been some talk of moving me up the batting order," Pollock said.

The former captain said the post World Cup retirements of some of the senior players had given a nice opportunity to the youngsters to come into the team and cement their place.

"These youngsters have a lot of ability. Now that we have selected them, we need to back them and give them as much opportunity as possible to find their feet," he said.

Pollock said the hype and the high expectations of the South African public took a heavy toll on the team during the recent World Cup. "Once we started losing, there were many negative articles written and it somehow started affecting the players."

On some of the players dedicating their performance in the World Cup to the late Hansie Cronje, Pollock said the whole issue was blown out of proportion by the media.

"The Cronje issue was a delicate thing but the players had not meant it in the way it was presented in the media. If anybody had talked about Keppler Wessels, it would not have made much of an issue. But the Hansie episode was a sensitive thing."

On hindsight, Pollock felt that the team could have done without the Hansie Cronje controversy during the World Cup. "Yes, I think the timing was unfortunate."

First Published: Apr 15, 2003 21:40 IST