Graeme Smith Dismisses Claims Of CSA Appointment As Director Of Cricket

Graeme Smith looks on before the ICC Cricket World Cup Group Match between South Africa and Bangladesh

Graeme Smith looks on before the ICC Cricket World Cup Group Match between South Africa and Bangladesh

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith had made quite a wave with his decision to put his name in the hat for the Cricket South Africa director position sometime back. It is learnt from Cricbuzz report that CSA's president Chris Nenzani, has "begged" Smith to accept the position but Smith's acceptance is hindered by the fact that Board's chief executive Thabang Moroe has manipulated administratively appointments at various level of the organisation. South Africa went from bad to worse in the marquee event, registering only three wins and losing five games.

"I would love to have taken on the role", the 38-year-old Smith said.

The Sunday Times reported on Sunday that Smith's appointment was set to be confirmed "in the coming weeks".

Smith went on to call previous discussions with Cricket South Africa a "frustrating process".

"Opposite to media experiences I undoubtedly have not been appointed Director of Cricket by CSA. I'm, nonetheless, in ongoing discussions with CSA, nonetheless I aloof contain exact concerns, which I undoubtedly contain reiterated to them", Smith clarified on Twitter.

'My passion for our nation's cricketing fortunes remains steadfast and I give my heartfelt best wishes to whoever does take the role on.

The national team is without a coach and a selection panel with England set to arrive for a Test series at home in December.

Earlier on November 14, Smith had issued a statement that he was withdrawing his application having "not developed the necessary confidence that I would be given the level of freedom and support to initiate the required changes".

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