On Friday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed that former skipper Graeme Smith will be the permanent director of cricket and he will be in the role till March 2022.
Smith was South Africa’s most successful test captain, he was reportedly brought on board to put South African cricket back on track.
Faul Jacques, Acting Chief Executive of CSA 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,” Faul added.
Talking about the changes Smith will bring onboard Faul said, “He has bought into all the overall pillars of our strategy and that includes the important one of transformation.”
Further Faul added, “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 Momentum Proteas for the Women’s T20 World Cup and for the Under-19 World Cup, which we were privileged and proud to host.”
Between 2003 to 2014, Smith has captained South Africa in a record 108 tests. Totally, he has played, 117 Tests, 197 ODIs and 33 T20s.