Former Test skipper Graeme Smith was on Friday confirmed as South Africa’s director of cricket — and revealed that Quinton de Kock wouldn’t be elevated to the Test captaincy. Jacques Faul, performing chief government of Cricket South Africa, mentioned Smith had been appointed for a two-12 months time period, expiring on the finish of March 2022. Smith was appointed in an performing capability final December. Smith, 39, captained South Africa in a world report 108 Test matches and in 149 one-day internationals. He additionally captained a World XI in a one-off Test in opposition to Australia in 2005/06.
He advised a tele-convention that the controversy over the Test captaincy was one of the challenges he confronted throughout a interval when no cricket might be performed as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s not going to be Quinton,” he mentioned, citing De Kock’s accountability because the nation’s restricted-overs captain in addition to being wicketkeeper and a key batsman.
“Quinton will be our white-ball captain but from a workload and mental capacity aspect we want to keep him fresh. From personal experience I know that captaining all three formats is challenging and we don’t want to overburden him.”
Smith gave no indication of the seemingly alternative following the choice of Faf du Plessis in February to step down from the job. “There’s no one person you can pinpoint,” he mentioned. “There are a lot of players on a similar level.” South Africa’s subsequent scheduled Test sequence is within the West Indies in July however Smith mentioned that it had not been finalised as a result of COVID-19 outbreak. South Africa are additionally attributable to go to Sri Lanka for a restricted-overs tour in June however Smith mentioned each excursions may very well be postponed.
“We are in discussion with the boards of those countries and decisions will have to be made pretty soon,” he mentioned.
– T20 World Cup the precedence –
Smith mentioned his rapid precedence was the T20 World Cup in Australia in October and November, assuming it occurred as deliberate. He mentioned South Africa hoped to host a Twenty20 sequence in opposition to India in August as half of the construct-as much as the world occasion. “There is a lot of doubt about what the situation will be by then but we are in discussions with the Board of Control for Cricket in India,” he mentioned.
Faul mentioned he anticipated extra readability on the standing of the T20 World Cup to emerge when the International Cricket Council hosts a video dialogue between nationwide chief executives subsequent Thursday.
Smith’s short-term appointment final December was at a time of disaster in South African cricket following the suspension of chief government Thabang Moroe, requires the board of CSA to resign and within the wake of a poor efficiency by the nationwide workforce within the 2019 Cricket World Cup, which was adopted by a 3-zero thrashing in a Test sequence in India.
One of Smith’s first strikes was to nominate former Test wicketkeeper and lengthy-time teammate Mark Boucher as nationwide head coach by way of to the 2023 World Cup.
The workforce has had combined outcomes since Boucher’s appointment, shedding Test sequence and Twenty20 sequence in opposition to England and Australia.
But they completed the 2019/20 season on a excessive, beating Australia 3-zero in an ODI sequence, shortly earlier than cricket was shut down.