Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed that an agreement in principle has been reached with Graeme Smith to take over as the new director of cricket (DOC).
The development comes in the wake of CSA suspending its CEO Thabang Moroe on allegations of misconduct. Smith, the former South Africa skipper, had been in the running to take over as the director of cricket in recent weeks, but then pulled himself out of contention.
One of the reasons cited by Smith then was his opposition to working with Moroe. With Moroe now no longer in the picture, CSA seem to have convinced Smith to take over the position by Wednesday next week.
“Time is of the essence and we need to move as fast as we can,” CSA president Chris Nenzani was quoted as saying by sport24.co.za.
I’m happy to announce that we have engaged Graeme Smith and I am confirming that he has agreed that by next week Wednesday all of the negotiations around the contract terms that need to take place would have been concluded.
“We still have these three days left for engagement on the specific issues around the contract.
“Him and CSA have both agreed that it is important that we conclude this by Tuesday so that on Wednesday we are able to announce to the public a certainty of how we go forward.”
CSA will hope to Smith’s appointment sorted quickly ahead of England’s upcoming tour of South Africa. The visitors are slated to take on the Proteas in four Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is on their tour. The first Test between the two sides will get under way on Boxing Day in Centurion.
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