Friday, April 17, 2020

Graeme Smith formally announced as Director of Cricket



Cricket South Africa have formally announced that former Protea cricket captain, Graeme Smith has been appointed as Director of cricket in a permanent capacity. Smith, 39, has signed a two-year contract which will run through until the 31st of March 2022. The move will come as a relief for South Africa, who have endured a difficult 12 months on the cricketing front, having lost seven out of their last eight Tests, and enduring an embarrassing group stage World Cup elimination.

"Graeme has made a huge impact with his energy, expertise, hard work ethic and characteristic determination and passion he has brought to the position during the six months he has served in an acting capacity," CSA Acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul said on Friday. 
"Although there is certainly a great deal of work to be done, as reflected by the performances of our various national teams, he has certainly put our cricket on an upward trajectory that provides light at the end of the tunnel. 
"He has bought into all the overall pillars of our strategy and that includes the important one of transformation. As far as the technical and support teams he has put together are concerned, the black generic component amounted to more than 70 percent across the board and the black African component varied between 30 and 60 percent for the Proteas for the home international season, for the Proteas for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and for the ICC under-19 World Cup, which we were privileged and proud to host. 
"He also made a number of strategic temporary appointments with Linda Zondi appointed interim independent national selector, Ashwell Prince taking charge of South Africa A and Malibongwe Maketa joining the under-19 squad as a coaching consultant." 

Smith said he was delighted to stay on board as part of the team to take South African cricket forward. “My appointment brings a degree of permanency to my position which makes planning the road ahead a lot easier.
“As Dr. Faul has said, there is a lot of work that still needs to be done, not just at international level but throughout our pipeline development pathways as well but I am determined to get South African cricket back to where it belongs as one of the world leaders at international level,” he concluded.


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