Graeme Smith pulls out of contention for CSA Director of Cricket post
Graeme Smith has pulled out of contention for the post of Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Smith raised concerns that he won’t be given the required freedom to do the job on his own terms.
Smith also confirmed that he had been interviewed by Cricket South Africa which would have given him the authority over the national team.
South Africa have been in turmoil following the retirements of Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn. They were recently hammered by India in a three-match Test series after having a tough time in the World Cup.
"I would love to have taken on the role," the 38-year-old said.
"However, despite my obvious desire to make a difference, during the long and, at times, frustrating process over the last 10 or so weeks of discussions, I have not developed the necessary confidence that I would be given the level of freedom and support to initiate the required changes."
Smith’s statement highlighted the fact that he wanted to make a difference but the process of applying for the position was long and frustrating which made him re-consider his plans.
Corrie van Zyl, the interim director of cricket, was recently suspended by the CSA alongside two other officials over alleged non-payment of fees to players following the first edition of Mzansi Super League.
However, the media reports highlight that Van Zyl still remains a strong contender for the full-time role.
Smith concluded his statement by saying that his passion for South Africa’s cricketing fortunes remained steadfast and will be available to guide the team.
"I give my heartfelt best wishes to whomever does take the role on. I will continue to support the teams and give my advice and guidance whenever I can."