Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith has been appointed by Cricket South Africa as the Commissioner of the country’s new T20 League.
In December 2019, Smith was appointed as CSA’s Director of Cricket, but he left the organisation when his contract expired in March.
The inaugural T20 League – which has SuperSport as one of its major shareholders – is set to take place in January and February 2023.
According to CSA, Smith will oversee all aspects (both cricketing and non-cricketing), and among his first orders of business will be to “develop the brand” and confirm the participating franchises for the T20 tournament.
“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,” said Smith. “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 home grown talent. The response from stakeholders has been very positive thus far and we’ve made great progress in the initial stages. We’re determined to deliver a valuable, sustainable and appealing tournament for South African cricket.”
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The competition is expected to give impetus to the development plans of CSA and further its attempts to put cricket in South Africa on a secure financial footing.
“I worked closely with Graeme during his role as DoC and believe he is the perfect candidate to lead this new chapter of South African cricket,” said Pholetsi Moseki, CSA’s CEO. “His expert understanding of the local and international cricketing environment will ensure the league delivers a thrilling product that will change the face of South African cricket for the better. 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.”