‘It’s been a cancer from within’: Graeme Smith on problems in Cricket South Africa

‘It’s been a cancer from within’: Graeme Smith on problems in Cricket South Africa

Former captain and Cricket South Africa director of cricket (DOC) Graeme Smith has said that there were “internal agendas” at play within the organisation, which have become a “cancer”. Smith hinted that actions of a few people at senior positions have brought disrepute to the organisation and said media “leaks” have contributed to the current internal problems. “I think it’s been a cancer from within the organisation for a while and it’s not getting any better,” he was quoted as saying by a ‘news24.com’ report. “You try and work out who in senior positions in this organisation is doing this, and why? What is the end goal? Is it serving cricket? It’s quite clearly someone in a high-profile position, whether it is in the business part or the board part, because some of the stuff being leaked can only be from those parties within the organisation,” he said. The former opening batsman joined as DOC in December last year following the suspension of CEO Thabang Moroe and has since signed a two-year deal with the option of extending for a third term. The 39-year-old Smith, who scored 9265 runs from 117 Tests between 2002 and 2014, said he “certainly does feel that there are people within these positions who have ulterior motives.” The report also quoted CSA president Chris Nenzani as saying that “he was aware of certain individuals leaking information to the media” and “this has been a problem within the organisation for a period of around 18 months.””It ...
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