Paul Adams to step down as Cobras coach

Paul Adams: “Helping the team to succeed in ways which led to a number of trophies and getting players going up to the Proteas was a very satisfying part of my five-season journey as Cobras’ coach” © Getty Images

Paul Adams will step down as Cape Cobras coach from January 1 to be redeployed as Western Cape Cricket high performance manager and coach. This follows a prolonged period of player unhappiness with Adams, who has been in charge for five seasons and won five trophies but faced several mutinies this season.

Cobras have not announced Adams’ successor but have on their staff Faiek Davids and former international batsman Ashwell Prince, who are likely to come into contention to take over. Being mid-season, they will need to find a solution soon because their next fixture is a first-class match starting January 5. 

Adams’ troubles with the players began at the end of last season when several senior Cobras players complained to the management about what they believed was a lack of tactical acumen on Adams’ part. Adams had the backing of the Western Cape Cricket (WCC) Board, though, and the concerns were ignored. Instead, Adams underwent management courses over the winter but returned to work to find the players still unhappy. They filed a formal grievance on May 10, after learning that Adams had been offered a contract extension. 

The WCC then agreed to an internal mediation under Paddy Upton but rejected his report for what they termed “material deficiencies,” as he had failed to interview all the contracted players. The South African Cricketers’ Association then became involved in assisting the players in dealing with the issue. 

The SACA confirmed that 10 out of the 17 contracted players wanted Adams removed and helped them take the matter to the country’s dispute resolution body, the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), where the players applied for the right to strike should Adams not be removed. The CCMA granted them that right but they did not act on it. It appears as though their demands have now been met and neither party showed ill-feeling.

“Helping the team to succeed in ways which led to a number of trophies and getting players going up to the Proteas was a very satisfying part of my five-season journey as Cobras’ coach,” Adams said. “I am looking forward very much to my new role.”

The new year will begin with Cobras searching for consistency after starting the season with three defeats in the first-class competition to lie at the bottom of the table halfway through the tournament. They fared slightly better in the T20 format and were in contention for a playoff place but failed to qualify. They have also sent two senior players on loan to other franchises – first-class captain Omphile Ramela to Lions for part of the T20 competition and offspinner Dane Piedt to Titans. There was no indication if either would be back under a new coach.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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