CSA appoints Graeme Smith as its interim director of cricket

Graeme Smith will take over as CSA director of cricket for a three-month period

"We've had various conversations with cricket leadership, including the acting CEO, Jacques Faul, as well as Kugandrie Govender (Head: Commercial, CSA)".

"I am delighted that Graeme has agreed to assist Cricket South Africa up until the IPL next year", Faul said in a statement.

Though Graeme Smith has accepted the director of cricket, he will be not available for every role under this post. South Africa won 53 of the matches in which he was chief.

Smith's appointment came against a backdrop of crisis in South African cricket.

The former captain could not take on the role for longer at this stage, because of his commitment to commentating in the IPL in 2020, a tournament which runs from March 23 to May 12. The company sponsors men's one-day cricket in South Africa, including worldwide series, the domestic competition, the club championship and Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 age-group cricket. Instead, Smith's most urgent task will be to appoint a national selection panel and coaching staff for the men's national side as they prepare to take on England.

Commenting on his appointment, Smith said: "I have publicly stated several times that I would love to help CSA at this hard time, particularly in the development of this new role of cricket director".

'We have outlined very specific governance and reputational requirements that CSA has to deliver on in order to restore confidence in the administrating body of South African cricket.

The 38-year-old Smith withdrew his interest in the director of cricket position last month following an interview, stating he was not confident of receiving the support required to make the changes he feels are necessary. He is also a natural leader, people look up to him, he is decisive in decision-making, a credible person and is assertive.

The CSA board, which last week suspended chief executive Thabang Moroe, have refused to resign despite calls from the Cricketers' Association and several other cricket personalities.

"To have him on board to work with the expert cricket arm of CSA, just as the cricketing pipeline, which is so essential for our game, is a huge jolt for CSA during this period", he included.

"There is a lot of work to be done in the coming weeks and months and my goal will always be to have a positive impact during my term".

Last week, CSA president Chris Nenzani confirmed that the entire board will remain and will "hope to turn CSA around".

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