CSA’s new T20 league will begin in January and February of next year. Former South African skipper Graeme Smith is all set to head the league.
“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.
“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.
Smith successfully managed South Africa in all three formats for ten years before taking over as the CSA’s director of cricket. He will be in charge of every aspect of the league’s growth. Coincidentally in July CSA made the decision to drop out of the ODI portion of the Australia tour in order to free up all of their players for the upcoming T20 competition.
Smith takes up the role for CSA’s new T20 League
“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.
Cricket South Africa’s CEO, Pholetsi Moseki deemed Smith as the ideal choice for the position. His in-depth knowledge of both the domestic and international cricketing landscapes will guarantee that the League produces an exciting product that will improve South African cricket.
“This new league promises to make a significant investment into both professional cricket and development in South Africa, along with a positive socio-economic and tourism injection into the country. We are excited by the positive strides we have made so far and remain on track to deliver a league to inspire and entertain cricket fans around SA and the world,” said Moseki.