CSA appointed Graeme Smith as commissioner of the new T20 League￼
South Africa’s former skipper and the opening batter Graeme Smith will head CSA’s new T20 League, scheduled to begin in January and February next year while CSA had chosen to pull out from their Australia tour for the availability of all the players in the League.
South Africa’s former skipper and the opening batter Graeme Smith will head CSA’s new T20 League, scheduled to begin in January and February next year.
“Smith brings with him tremendous experience and understanding of the game, having worked in the sport as a player, captain, commentator, ambassador, consultant, and more recently as Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Director of Cricket (DoC),”CSA said in a media release.
“His understanding of the game will add tremendous strength to the League. Recognized for his leadership qualities and decisive, clear thinking, Smith will lead the League which, outside of CSA, has SuperSport as one of its major shareholders,”the release added.
Smith, who successfully drove South Africa across the three formats for a time of 10 years and subsequently served as CSA’s director of cricket, will be liable for all features connected with the improvement of the league.
As it turns out, in July, CSA had chosen to pull out from their ODI leg of the Australia tour to make all the players available for the new T20 league.
“I’m extremely honored to be entrusted with leading this exciting new venture. I’m deeply committed to South African cricket and happy to serve the game as best I can,”Smith said about his new role.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to deliver the new league which I believe will be an extremely competitive product, one that can bring the much-needed investment into the game and provide new opportunities for players around the world and more importantly to our SA homegrown talent. The response from stakeholders has been very positive thus far and we’ve made great progress in the initial stages,”he added.
Pholetsi Moseki, the chief executive of Cricket South Africa, called Smith the perfect candidate for the job.
“His expert understanding of the local and international cricketing environment will ensure the League delivers a thrilling product that will change the face of South African cricket for the better.
“This new league promises to make a significant investment into both professional cricket and development in South Africa, along with a positive socio-economic and tourism injection into the country. We are excited by the positive strides we have made so far and remain on track to deliver a league to inspire and entertain cricket fans around SA and the world,”said Moseki.