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CSA finds a role for Smith

Calcutta: Graeme Smith, the former South Africa captain, has been named tournament director and brand ambassador for the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.

Smith retired from international cricket in March this year and announced in July that he will not complete his three-year deal with Surrey following knee surgery. He had hinted when he retired that he may not go into coaching but was interested in the business aspect of cricket.

Haroon Lorgat, the CSA chief executive, said that the board wanted to use Smith’s experience to grow the tournament. Smith’s responsibilities will include driving public and media awareness, assisting in recruiting foreign players to participate in the event, and overseeing the draft system and the allocation of foreign players to the franchises.

“When Graeme showed a desire to learn about the business of sport, it was clear to me that he would be the ideal person to direct and promote the tournament as we look to build on the success of last season,” Lorgat said.

“With an enviable playing career at international level as a leader, Graeme has much to offer the game of cricket. This is a perfect fit both for Graeme and for CSA.”

“I am excited by this opportunity and looking forward to putting something back into the game. Our Ram Slam T20 competition has the potential to become a tournament of choice for international players,” Smith said.