Smith 'very much aware' of CSA transformation importance

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Dec 19, 2019, 04:51

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa's (CSA) Director of Cricket Graeme Smith revealed that he still needs to get a grip on transformation, but admits he is "very much aware of it".

This past weekend, Smith unveiled Mark Boucher as the new head coach, replacing Enoch Nkwe who was the Proteas' Team Director in the recent 3-0 series loss in India.

Nkwe was South Africa's first black national coach, but has been reassigned as Boucher's assistant.

Smith reiterated his decision in selecting Boucher and stated that Nkwe's assistant coach position will help "develop him into a high-standard international coach".

"My job is also to create cricket excellence and I 100% feel that I've made the right decision for the Proteas," Smith said at Newlands.

"Enoch's future is the right appointment. We need to think about managing people sometimes and not just a number. That is important and those discussions need to happen."

Smith, regarded by many as South Africa's best-ever captain, stated that transformation is a vital discussion he'll be having in the near future.

"I'm very aware of transformation, I've led my country for 11 years, I've had to be very much a part of managing those processes," he said.

"A number of discussions need to happen behind the scenes, I need to get a grip of what's in place as well. A lot of continuity in this management with Mark's experience - a battle hardened cricketer - is what was needed."

Interim convenor of selectors Linda Zondi admitted that transformation and quality need to go hand-in-hand.

"We should never be apologetic about transformation we all understand our country," Zondi said in Cape Town.

"We can't put players forward just to tick a box. I think we need to make sure the excellence is there and that the players perform. We need to have those hard discussions and make sure that quality and transformation go hand in hand," said Zondi.

Meanwhile, Smith singled out Ashwell Prince's new role as South Africa 'A' coach as a stepping stone in the right direction.

"I am very happy that we have Ashwell involved. He has a lot of international experience, he is a hardened international cricketer. He is full of opinions which we love," said Smith.

"The 'A' side needs to be the second-best men's team in the country."

Prince, a former Proteas batsman, remains the head coach of the Cape Cobras.

Dec 19, 2019, 08:26

I said a while back that we needed more fighters in the dressing room. I said Smith should get involved.

Looks like somebody heard my prayers. We sommer got Smith(not in the dressing room) and Boucher. 

Pity so many of our truly world class bats have turned their back on SA. Pity for us, awesome for them. I hope they make tons of money and have long careers.

Dec 19, 2019, 09:19

Since Prince is on the selection committee and Smith and Boucher are not one can be sure that the selections will be aimed at ensuring that the two of them are sabotaged by the committee to ensure that he can take over when they are sacked because of non-performance.   

How can he be on the selection committee and also be coach off the dastardly "A" team - while Smith and Boucher are sidelined?  

Dec 19, 2019, 09:36

Mike, are you sure that neither of them are involved with selections?

Haven't checked but I fear you might be incorrect.

Dec 19, 2019, 12:22

With Dave Richardson, Smithie and Bouch on board I'm satisfied CSA is moving in the right direction but looking past them at the selection committee and the CSA board one would have to think that Smithie and Bouch are doomed.

Dec 19, 2019, 13:14


In  another thread I gave th Selection Committee's names and Smith and Boucher is no mentioned at all.  

However, I sent the following e-mail to the SA Cricket Association  and hope to get an answer:-

"May I please get clarity on a few issues:-

*   Who serve on the selection committee and do have Smith and Boucher got a say in selection matters?  If not - why not?

*    I looked at the squad age distribution which is as follows:-
      #  29 and older  =  10 players
      #  26 and younger =  6 players,

I have no problem with selection of older players if done on merit -  but is it not time to start building up a squad with a better longer term potential?"    

Dec 19, 2019, 13:14


Dec 20, 2019, 14:15

Lol Mike

Sommer chucked in some advice with your question.


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