Former South Africa Captain Graeme Smith To Head CSA's New T20 League

Updated - 19 Jul 2022, 05:33 PM

Cricket South Africa Director Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith. (Photo: SkySports)

South Africa’s former captain and opening batter, Graeme Smith, will lead the CSA’s new T20 competition, which will begin in January and February of next year.

Smith, who successfully captained South Africa across all three formats for ten years before becoming the CSA’s director of cricket, will be in charge of all aspects of the league’s growth.

CSA, meanwhile, chose to withdraw from their ODI portion of the Australia trip earlier this month in order to make all of their players available for the new T20 competition.

Graeme Smith
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Graeme Smith Brings With Him Tremendous Experience And Understanding Of The Game: Cricket South Africa

“Smith brings with him tremendous experience and understanding of the game, having worked in the sport as a player, captain, commentator, ambassador, consultant and more recently as Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Director of Cricket (DoC),” CSA said in a media release.

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

“His understanding of the game will add tremendous strength to the League. Recognised for his leadership qualities and decisive, clear thinking, Smith will lead the League which, outside of CSA, has SuperSport as one of its major shareholders,” the release added.

“I’m extremely honoured to be entrusted with leading this exciting new venture. I’m deeply committed to South African cricket and happy to serve the game as best I can,” Smith said about his new role.

“I’m excited by the opportunity to deliver the new league which I believe will be an extremely competitive product, one that can bring the much-needed investment into the game and provide new opportunities for players around the world and more importantly to our SA homegrown talent. The response from stakeholders has been very positive thus far and we’ve made great progress in the initial stages,” he added.

Cricbuzz had earlier reported that 6 IPL franchises have bought teams in the new league.

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