Is Smith going anywhere fast?

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Apr 24, 2021, 13:18

The following report is quoted:-

Former Proteas Test opener Alviro Petersen has again taken a dig at Graeme Smith and his leadership skills since taking over at Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Smith was appointed director of cricket at CSA on a two-year deal in March 2020 but his tenure has so far come under scrutiny as the Proteas continue to disappoint on the international stage.

And Petersen, who played with Smith for many years, feels those who wanted the former Proteas captain to return are now eating humble pie as things have not improved since he was appointed.

According to Petersen, the Proteas have actually regressed under the leadership of Smith.   

The Proteas are currently ranked sixth in the test cricket world rankings.

“There were a lot of people in the past who made a lot of noise that Graeme Smith must to come into our cricket because he will help us to get the national team back on track,” said Petersen as per TimesLIVE.

“Unfortunately‚ we haven’t seen the national team getting back on track or improving‚ and in fact‚ what happened is to the contrary because we have slipped further down the line in world cricket,” he said


Reflecting on the recent defeats to Pakistan, Petersen feels CSA was just making an excuse that the Proteas didn’t have a full-strength squad for their recent ODI and T20 series.

Nonetheless, he singled out players such as Aiden Markram and Janneman Malan for their ‘eye-catching performances’ against Pakistan despite being on the losing side.  

“They (Proteas management) can say we didn’t have our full strength team and you can’t really judge us on that. We have to say that the way they have been playing is not good enough‚ but there were eye-catching performances from guys like Aiden Markram and Janneman Malan,” added Petersen.

Furthermore, Petersen criticized the cricketing system in South Africa, saying it is not good enough as the country is failing to produce high quality players.

“This is an indictment on the cricketing system in South Africa because for many years people have said the system is not good enough but at the same time you had others who argued that the system is working and players are coming through.

“The reality is our system is not producing players of high quality. If you look at a country like India‚ they are always producing and developing talented young players for the senior national team,” added Petersen'

There are two issues here :-

*     Is Smith despite his record as Proteas captain as bad as John Smit was as the CEO of the Sharks Rugby franchise?

*     The exclusion of young talented players from selection/

While the Smith issue may be open for debate - there is no doubt that Petersen is spot on with the issue of younger talented players.     They are in fact totally ignored by Boucher and his boss Smith  and it seems that those two has determined a minimum age of 28 when it comes to seam selection for new cricket internationals.  

Smith's  contract is up next year in March and it seems that if the present trends in performance b the national team continue renewal of his appointment contract will not be entertained,  



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