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Cricket South Africa and Graeme Smith are expected to part ways

Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith was appointed Director of Cricket in late 2019, while his contract was extended by two years in April 2020.

Among Smith’s first decisions when he was appointed Director of Cricket in December 2019 was to appoint his former team-mate Mark Boucher to a four-year contract ahead of England’s tour to South Africa.

However, in charges that have since surfaced, Boucher is said to have been decisively appointed without interviewed and allegedly lacked the Level 4 coaching qualification required for the job.

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Smith’s contract with CSA expired at the end of March and with the post set to be advertised it was always expected that he would part ways with Cricket South Africa.

Corresponding Sports24, CEO Pholetsi Moseki said the ongoing disciplinary case against Smith was merely a “closure” and that he had not applied for another role as cricket director.

“No, he did not continue the role after his contract expired at the end of March. Now both parties are awaiting the referee’s report on closing for both parties so we can see what will happen in the future.

“As for his contract, it ended; there was none [rolling] Renewal. I haven’t seen all the applications, but he hasn’t put his name back in the pot for the position,” he said.

“So his employment with us ended on March 31st. We hope to finalize the new appointment as soon as possible, hopefully within a month or two.”

Boucher was able to follow Smith out the door

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Boucher and Smith could not be suspended without opening CSA to litigation.

In a dramatic statement released earlier this year, CSA confirmed that Boucher has been charged with “gross misconduct,” which could ultimately lead to his dismissal, which his employers appear to be pushing.

Part of the results (that are available on the CSA website) revealed that the Ombudsman also found the appointments of Smith and Boucher to be inappropriate “procedurally flawed”.

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Cricket South Africa and Graeme Smith are expected to part ways

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