- Graeme Smith might become South Africa's first director of cricket
- The former Proteas captain is very familiar to the sport
- There are concerns that he is not up to the administrative side of the role
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Former national team (Proteas) captain Graeme Smith has applied for and been interviewed for the position of director of cricket. The position was advertised by Cricket South Africa.
Briefly.co.za learned that the former Proteas captain has some competition for the position, Corrie van Zyl, the suspended interim director of cricket, and national selector Hussein Manack were also on the shortlist for the position.
The director of cricket is a new position which was introduced after the Proteas dismal performance at the Cricket World Cup this year, ending up in 7th position out of 10 according to sacricketmag.com.
The director of cricket will be responsible for managing business strategy, business relationships, finances, human resource as well as transformation.
Corrie van Zyl and COO Naasei Appiah were suspended following a complaint lodged against Cricket South Africa by the South African Cricketers’ Association over non-payment of fees related to the Mzansi Super League.
Cricket as a sport has a steep hill to climb to reach the same levels of popularity as rugby, especially after the Rugby World Cup but there was a time when both sports were equally popular and there were characters such as Alan Donald and Jonty Rhodes who electrified the nation with their performances.
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