Former national team captain Graeme Smith is set to become South Africa's first director of cricket, albeit only for a period of three months.
Smith, 38, will hold the post on a temporary basis, since he has already committed to serving as commentator during next year’s Indian Premier League. Initial talks began in August this year, before Smith withdrew from the process last month, claiming that the procedure was “long and frustrating”.
Commenting on his appointment, Smith said: “I’ve publicly stated a number of times that I would love to assist CSA in this difficult time, particularly in developing this new role of Director of Cricket.
“I’m still as passionate about South African cricket as I ever was, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the role."
In his new role, Smith will preside over all cricket – men’s, women’s and juniors – in the country, apart from being tasked with selecting the head coach and team directors for the sides.
Jacques Faul, CSA's acting chief executive, said: “I am delighted that Graeme has agreed to assist Cricket South Africa up until the IPL next year. Obviously, Graeme has had his concerns during the course of the last few months, but I am pleased to say that we have overcome those concerns, and I look forward to working with him to urgently address pressing cricketing matters in particular.
"I’m still as passionate about South African cricket as I ever was and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the role." - Graeme Smith pic.twitter.com/lSwFeJCDoW— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 11, 2019
“To have him on board to work with the professional cricket arm of CSA, as well as the cricketing pipeline, which is so vital for our game, is a massive shot in the arm for CSA during this period.”
South Africa's next assignment is against England, whom they will host for a four-Test series, starting with the Boxing Day Test in Centurion.
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