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Smith appointed SA’s director of cricket

Johannesburg, April 17 (IANS) | Publish Date: 4/17/2020 9:34:28 AM IST

Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith was on Friday appointed as South Africas Director of Cricket for a two-year term until the end of April 2022.

Smith was appointed on an interim basis in mid-December till the end of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, with the tournament now postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 pandemic, he has been confirmed in the role.

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

Smith, on his part, 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. The 39-year-old represented the Proteas in 117 Tests, 197 ODIs and 33 T20Is in which he scored 9265, 6989 and 982 runs respectively. 

Quinton de Kock won’t 

be SA’s Test captain

Graeme Smith, who has been appointed South Africas director of cricket for the next two years, has confirmed that Quinton de Kock will not be given the extra responsibility of Test captaincy.

“The one thing I can confirm is that Quinton will be our white-ball captain and he won’t be the Test captain going forward,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Smith as saying on Friday. “We want to keep Quinton fresh and playing well. I’ve always believed, having been in the job myself, that captaining all three formats is challenging. We’ve seen a number of nations trying to figure out what’s best and I think across three formats, it probably doesn’t work.” “From a workload and mental capacity, we felt that to burden him with all three formats wouldn’t be beneficial for us. And with the style of personality and player that he is, we want to keep him as expressive as possible,” he added.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was handed South Africa’s country’s white-ball captaincy in January and succeeded Faf du Plessis, who also stood down from the Test captaincy last year but remains available as a player. With the Proteas not scheduled to play any Tests before a tour to West Indies in July-August, Cricket South Africa will have time to decide whom to appoint Test captain. Smith, however, gave no indication of the likely replacement of du Plessis. “There’s no one person you can pinpoint,” he said. “There are a lot of players on a similar level.”

But the new CSA director indicated that the Proteas could take a chance on someone with potential. “We’ve got to understand the personalities, look at the people and maybe take a risk on someone potentially and back them,” Smith said. “Coming from a person who a risk was taken on, it is something we would consider,” he added.


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