CSA ponder seventh franchise and Director of Cricket post
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