Graeme Smith withdraws interest in top Cricket SA job

Graeme Smith was only 22 when he was handed the captaincy of the Proteas in 2003 but went on to become the most successful Test captain in history

Graeme Smith was only 22 when he was handed the captaincy of the Proteas in 2003 but went on to become the most successful Test captain in history

Cricket South Africa's (CSA) has been desperate for the last 4 months to engage South African great Graeme Smith with the work affairs. Earlier, there were widespread speculations that Graeme Smith is back and has been appointed CSA's Director of Cricket. But the truth of the matter, as confirmed by Smith himself on Monday, is that no deal has yet been agreed. South Africa went from bad to worse in the marquee event, registering only three wins and losing five games.

The team director will report to the director of cricket, who will in turn report to chief executive Thabang Moroe. Smith had changed into down the offer nonetheless a document in South Africa's Sunday Instances said that he had now been persuaded to accept it. 'I would love to have taken on the role. However, his reservations regarding the freedom and support to revive cricketing facilities in South Africa made him rethink. "I'm, nonetheless, in ongoing discussions with CSA, nonetheless I aloof contain exact concerns, which I undoubtedly contain reiterated to them", Smith clarified on Twitter. "My passion for our nation's cricketing fortunes remains steadfast and I give my heartfelt best wishes to whoever does take the role on".

On November 14, Smith had declared in an official statement that he was withdrawing his application, claiming that his trepidation was due to doubts in the "levels of freedom and support" to initiate the required changes at the administrative level.

With the Mzansi Super League now in full swing and ending on December 16, there will be just 10 days for selectors to decide on the SA team for the first Test against England.

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