• Smith reportedly wants Boucher as team director

    Former Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher is reportedly Cricket South Africa acting director of cricket Graeme Smith’s preferred candidate for the permanent team director position.

    Smith and Boucher’s international careers coincided for a decade from 2002 to 2012. The latter is currently the head coach of the Titans in South African domestic cricket and the Tshwane Spartans in the Mzansi Super League.

    The team director position was created after the World Cup in the United Kingdom earlier this year, when the tenures of head coach Ottis Gibson and team manager Mohammed Moosajee ended.

    Lions head coach Enoch Nkwe held the role in an interim capacity for the recent tour of India, but a full-time appointment hasn’t been made prior to this month’s Test series opener against England at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

    ‘I’ve looked closely at the world game and seen what the other guys are doing, and whether we could possibly learn from them and incorporate into our game. I am very excited by the performances of our players, too. We owe it to all South Africans. We have to do it for our country. The Proteas are a proud cricketing nation and we want to be ready when England arrive,’ said Nkwe.

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    Smith, who has accepted the director of cricket position for three months before obliging an Indian Premier League commentary contract next year, will reportedly recruit former teammate Jacques Kallis as a batting consultant as well, according to Netwerk24.

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