Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced today the appointment of South Africa former captain and prolific southpaw Graeme Smith as its Director of Cricket. He is roped in for a two-year contract that will end on March 2022.
“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,” said CSA Acting Chief Executive Dr Jacques Faul.
Smith has scored 6,989 runs in ODIs with ten centuries and has got 47 half-centuries to his name. Also, the swashbuckling batsman has thumped 27 centuries, 38 fifties and amassed 9,265 runs in the longer format and took the Proteas captaincy reins at the age of just 22.
“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,” explained Dr Faul.
“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," Faul added.
Smith is thrilled to become an integral part of the board and he aims to play a pivotal role in developing South Africa cricket. He is looking forward to bring stability in the board and wants to ensure that the Proteas side remains a force to be reckoned with.
“My appointment brings a degree of permanency to my position which makes planning the road ahead a lot easier," Smith remarked.
Smith is confident he will leave no stone unturned in his efforts to make South Africa world leaders in cricket and ensure that the systems are working well to churn out quality players on a consistent basis.
“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.