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Speculation on My Position 'Extremely Unfair': CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith

Cricket South Africa Director of Cricket Graeme Smith has defended his appointment, saying that some of the speculation surrounding him is 'extremely unfair'.

Cricketnext Staff |August 1, 2020, 8:59 PM IST
Speculation on My Position 'Extremely Unfair': CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith

Cricket South Africa (CSA) Director of Cricket Graeme Smith has defended his appointment, saying that some of the speculation surrounding him is 'extremely unfair'.

"If you look at some of the things which are being said around appointments, my appointment, and the appointment of my staff, I think some of those things are extremely unfair. It was good to see the President (Chris Nenzani) put that straight with his most recent comments. But I have to come back to my value system and why I got involved in this job," Smith, who was appointed to the position in April 2020, said in an official release issued by CSA.

"Cricket South Africa courted me for a while, I went through the same interview process as everybody else in getting the job. I got involved because I have got cricket at heart and to be part of the solution. I want to help create a strong Cricket South Africa," he added.

Apart from Smith himself, there has been plenty of speculation over Mark Boucher's position as the head coach of the men's team.

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"I think the narrative is really unfair. I was appointed by a really vigorous process and didn't go and appoint myself. I've made it clear why I got involved. I made a number of appointments in December, not only Mark Boucher. I brought in the permanent staff like the team manager Volvo (Masubelele), Justin Ontong, Charl Langeveldt, Enoch Nkwe, and the medical staff," Smith said.

"The appointment of Paul Harris was around Keshav Maharaj requesting to work with him for one series. Jacques Kallis hasn't been on the payroll of Cricket South Africa for many months, he worked on an interim basis and it is important to clarify that those appointments were not permanent," he added.

Smith also shared his thoughts on the Social Justice programme suggested by the CSA Transformation Committee and approved by the board, saying he was 'surprised' to hear former pacer Makhaya Ntini's thoughts on the racial divide in the sport.

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"I fully support the Social Justice programme. I think the initial thing is to listen internally within the current Proteas set-up and, in the build-up to the Solidarity Cup, that's exactly what happened," Smith said.

"What surprised me the most is that there were players in the past that never felt they had a voice or could feel comfortable enough to communicate. Part of my role and that of my department's role is we're going to have a very big influence on how things move forward," he concluded.

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