Former South African captain Graeme Smith has agreed to continue the Director of Cricket post of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) for a long time. He has now been appointed for the two years that will end in April 2022.
In mid-December, during the crisis period of the CSA, Graeme Smith became the first Director of Cricket of the CSA but only as of the interim basis. After he took that post, the Proteas team has shown improvement in the game. Soon after he became the temporary Director of Cricket, his longtime former teammates Mark Boucher (Head Coach), Jacques Kallis (batting consultant), Charl Langeveldt (bowling coach), Ashwell Prince (South Africa A coach) etc. joined in the crucial coaching posts.
In recent times, the South African team was much confident and they also showed quick improvement in the game. Since Smith and the other coaching members have started their new posts for South Africa, the team’s best performance was during the three-match home ODI series against Australia where they cleansweeped the visitors (won by 3-0).
CSA Acting Chief Executive praised Graeme Smith
CSA Acting Chief Executive Dr Jacques Faul has shown huge confidence on Smith during the latest announcement.
Faul said according to the CSA website, “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.
“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.”
Faul also elaborated how Smith has started to work for the improvement of entire South African cricket.
Faul added, “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 Standard Bank Proteas for the home international season, for the Momentum 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.”
On the other hand, Graeme Smith has also shown his satisfaction to continue this important role for the longer period which also brings the permanency of this Director of Cricket post.
Smith said, “My appointment brings a degree of permanency to my position which makes planning the road ahead a lot easier.”
Graeme Smith was not only one of the greatest cricketers, but he was also one of the greatest captains in international cricket history. While he played international cricket between 2002 and 2014, he played 117 Tests, 197 ODIs and 33 T20Is. He led the South African team in 284 international matches. Also, he is the only Test captain to play the lead role in 100 Test matches (108 Tests).