Graeme Smith appointed as the full-time Director of Cricket South Africa

Graeme Smith

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has named Graeme Smith as the full-time director of the country’s Cricket Board. After his appointment, Smith will be serving a two-year term until March 2022.

Graeme Smith was working on the interim basis and he was supposed to get the full-time role as he thoroughly deserves it.

“Graeme has made a huge impact with his energy, expertise, hard work ethic and characteristics determination with his passion for the game and the position that he is in he has given his best,” CSA Acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul said on Friday.

“Although there is certainly a great work to be done, as reflected by the performance of national teams, he has certainly put our cricket on an upward trajectory that provides light at the end of the tunnel”.

He has brought into the overall pillars of our strategy and that includes the important one of transformation. As far as technical and support teams he has put together has concerned, black general component amounted to more than 70 percent across the board and 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 has made strategic appointments with Linda Zondi appointed interim independent natural selector, Ashwell Prince taking charge of South Africa “A” and Malibongwe Maketa joining the under 19 squads as a coaching consultant”.

Smith said that he is happy that he is taking South African Cricket forward and he is happy to do that.

My appointment brings a degree of permanency to my position which makes planning the road a lot easier,” he said.

Dr Faul has said, “There is a lot of work that needs to be done at the international level along with pipeline development at the domestic level as we need to strengthen at all aspects so that South Africans can reach another level in Cricket”.