Former Test captain Graeme Smith is set to become Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket, according to CSA president Chris Nenzani.
Nenzani said that he had spoken to Smith on Saturday morning.
“I am happy to announce that we have engaged Graeme Smith and I am confirming that by next week Wednesday all of the negotiations around the contract terms that need to take place would have been concluded,” said Nenzani, speaking after a special board meeting of CSA, following a week of crisis for the organisation.
If Smith does agree to take the job he will have just over two weeks to put a selection panel and coaching staff in place before the first of four Tests against England, starting in Centurion on 26 December.
But South African cricket’s crisis continued, with Nenzani and his remaining board members refusing to heed calls to resign.
Tony Irish, chief executive of the SA Cricketers Association (SACA), which called on Friday for Nenzani and the entire board to resign, said in a tweet: “Appalled that the president and board of CSA have taken no responsibility for cricket’s biggest crisis. Now clinging to power.”
Asked for clarification, Irish described his tweet as “my initial reaction.”
He said SACA was likely to make a detailed response on Sunday or Monday.
Despite calls for their resignation, Nenzani said the board had been mandated by the organisation’s members’ council -– made up of presidents of the 14 provincial affiliates -– “to continue to guide us through this period and turn it around”.
Saturday’s press conference came after a tumultuous week during which five leading journalists had their accreditation withdrawn, a major sponsor announced it would not renew its agreement with CSA and chief executive Thabang Moroe was suspended on charges of misconduct.
Several prominent individuals, as well as the Gauteng cricket board and SACA, called for the board to resign.
Nenzani said the respected Jacques Faul, the chief executive of the Northerns cricket union and a former acting chief executive of CSA, had agreed to again become the acting chief executive with immediate effect.
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