Cricket South Africa (CSA) acting CEO Jacques Faul and the Proteas Captain Graeme Smith. Picture: Herbert Matimba
Cricket South Africa (CSA) acting CEO Jacques Faul and the Proteas Captain Graeme Smith told The New Age Business Briefing delegates on Friday that they still have a long way to go in developing the cricketers.
Smith who captained the Proteas at the age of 22-years, told delegates that the support he got from senior players like Shaun Pollock was helpful and contributed to his professional development.
He said he never thought that he will captain the Proteas at some stage because he was only used to captain in schools and junior levels.
“I was young then and I did make few mistakes, but the experienced guys were very supportive to me and I really appreciate their support,” added Smith.
Jacques Faul, CSA administrator said they are having a huge mandate to fulfil because their image has been disrupted with the “Majola saga”.
He also hinted that the CSA will deal with the matter as early as next month (October).
“Challenges are everywhere, and administration (of cricket) has become in the public space nowadays. We still have the mandate to get more sponsors back and build the CSA brand,” Faul said.
The acting CSA CEO said they are now planning to be more involved in every school in order to develop cricket for long term purposes.
Smith told delegates that South Africans should follow development strategies from countries such as India. He said passion and dedication to play cricket was evident even in the dusty streets in most Indian cities.