Durban: To promote the game in grassroots level, South African board is mulling about review of the limited-over domestic competition structure and injecting more money into the amateur cricket of the country.
More than 350 cricket officials participated in the first ever CSA Annual National Conference in Johannesburg, where they touched upon different aspects to take the South African cricket forward.
"Past few days have been excellent. Lot of important decisions have been made and they will prove invaluable to cricket in the country, especially for our development objectives.
"The extra (cash) injection into the amateur cricket will also ensure that even women's game as well as townships and rural areas will benefit so that we can reach closer to fulfillment of our objectives," Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola said in a statement on Thursday.
Besides South African skipper Graeme Smith, the delegates participated in the parley included officials ranging from scorers and umpires to the coaches of different levels.
Hailing the conference as a huge success, Majola said that the workshop was a new and innovative way to take the game forward.
"This inaugural national conference was aimed at mapping the way forward into the 2009-10 season and beyond. It will help us focus reaching new summits and has galvanised all our structures through the pursuit of excellence as we enter the new season," Majola said.
South African board has also decided to put the event in their annual fixture.
"The national conference will now become an annual event, preceding the beginning of each new season, and will play a major role in our bid to sustain South Africa as the world's best cricketing nation," Majola said.
"From this workshop format, we have developed further operational and budgetary systems to meet the needs of the upcoming season with an emphasis on growing the game and building capacity at all levels," he added.
The conference also marked the launch of 2009-10 season for the Proteas, which they will start by taking on Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy opener in Pretoria on September 22.
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