CSA pon­der sev­enth fran­chise and Di­rec­tor of Cricket post

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - CRICKET RE­PORTER

CRICKET South Africa’s Board will weigh up ap­point­ing a Di­rec­tor of Cricket and es­tab­lish­ing a sev­enth do­mes­tic fran­chise fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions made by pan­els that re­viewed the na­tional teams and lo­cal cricket.

The Board held a spe­cial meet­ing with the Na­tional Team Re­view Panel last week to hear their rec­om­men­da­tions, and among the key points made by the panel in­cluded the ap­point­ment of a Di­rec­tor of Cricket to “over­see the per­for­mance of the Protea Team”, and that the Con­vener of Se­lec­tors be­come a per­ma­nent po­si­tion with “de­fined re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for se­lec­tion as well as tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion”.

The Na­tional Team re­view panel was es­tab­lished last year to look into why South Africa’s var­i­ous na­tional teams had failed at var­i­ous ICC events and in the case of the men’s team had played so badly in In­dia and then at home against Eng­land.

The panel con­sisted of for­mer player, Adam Bacher, Iqbal Khan, one CSA’s in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tors, the for­mer Spring­bok cap­tain Francois Pien­aar and se­nior sports ad­min­is­tra­tor Mthobi Tyamza­she. The panel was as­sisted by Francois Hugo, a Hu­man Re­sources ex­ec­u­tive at FirstRand, Tony Ir­ish, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the SA Cricketers As­so­ci­a­tion, Gary Kirsten and for­mer Proteas skip­per Graeme Smith.

Other rec­om­men­da­tions made by that panel in­cluded: Tal­ent re­ten­tion, en­sur­ing the SA A team and the High Per­for­mance Cen­tre are bet­ter able to en­hance

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