Smith appointed South Africa’s director of cricket on permanent basis


Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has appointed former captain Graeme Smith to the full-time role of director of cricket for an initial period of two years until the end of March 2022.

The 39-year-old took the charge in a temporary capacity last December and made some key appointments. He appointed former wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher as the head of the national team.

Smith is 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,” Smith said in a statement released by CSA.

“There is a lot of work that still needs to be done, not just at the 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 the international level,” he added.

CSA Acting Chief Executive Dr. Jacques Faul said, “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,” he added.

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