New SA cricket boss Smith rules De Kock out of Test captaincy

first_imgJohannesburg (AFP) – Former Test skipper Graeme Smith was on Friday confirmed as South Africa’s director of cricket –- and revealed that Quinton de Kock would not be elevated to the Test captaincy.Jacques Faul, acting chief executive of Cricket South Africa, said Smith had been appointed for a two-year term, expiring at the end of March 2022. Smith was appointed in an acting capacity last December.Smith, 39, captained South Africa in a world record 108 Test matches and in 149 one-day internationals. He also captained a World XI in a one-off Test against Australia in 2005/06.He told a tele-conference that the debate over the Test captaincy was one of the challenges he faced during a period when no cricket can be played because of the coronavirus pandemic.“It’s not going to be Quinton,” he said, citing De Kock’s responsibility as the country’s limited-overs captain as well as being wicketkeeper and a key batsman.“Quinton will be our white-ball captain but from a workload and mental capacity aspect we want to keep him fresh. From personal experience I know that captaining all three formats is challenging and we don’t want to overburden him.”Smith gave no indication of the likely replacement following the decision of Faf du Plessis in February to step down from the job.“There’s no one person you can pinpoint,” he said. “There are a lot of players on a similar level.”South Africa’s next scheduled Test series is in the West Indies in July but Smith said that it had not been finalised due to the COVID-19 outbreak.South Africa are also due to go to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour in June but Smith said both tours could be postponed.“We are in discussion with the boards of those countries and decisions will have to be made pretty soon,” he said.– T20 World Cup the priority –Smith said his immediate priority was the T20 World Cup in Australia in October and November, assuming it happened as planned.He said South Africa hoped to host a Twenty20 series against India in August as part of the build-up to the world event. “There is a lot of doubt about what the situation will be by then but we are in discussions with the Board of Control for Cricket in India,” he said.Faul said he expected more clarity on the status of the T20 World Cup to emerge when the International Cricket Council hosts a video discussion between national chief executives next Thursday.Smith’s temporary appointment last December was at a time of crisis in South African cricket following the suspension of chief executive Thabang Moroe, calls for the board of CSA to resign and in the wake of a poor performance by the national team in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, which was followed by a 3-0 thrashing in a Test series in India.One of Smith’s first moves was to appoint former Test wicketkeeper and long-time teammate Mark Boucher as national head coach through to the 2023 World Cup.The team has had mixed results since Boucher’s appointment, losing Test series and Twenty20 series against England and Australia.But they finished the 2019/20 season on a high, beating Australia 3-0 in an ODI series, shortly before cricket was shut down.last_img read more

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Gov UdomVisits Injured Akwa Utd Supporters

first_imgInjured supporters of Akwa United Football Club got a pleasant surprise on Sunday when Governor Udom Emmanuel paid an un scheduled visit to them.On Saturday, 27 supporters of Akwa United FC on their way to supporting their darling team in a league match against Enyimba in Port Harcourt got involved in a motor accident that claimed the life of a supporter and left others severely injured.On hearing the news,Governor Udom yesterday morning went to the hospital to soothe the injured where he promised them that government will take full responsibility for their hospital bills. He ordered those whose cases were serious to be transferred to the state specialist hospital and insisted that their case should be treated with utmost priority.“They were on state duty as it were and we must accord them that honour. I came to cheer them up and to tell them that government will make sure theyget the best of treatment until they recover fully,” observed the governor.The state Sports Commissioner, Monday Ukoh, told journalists that he was grateful to the governor for the prompt reaction and interest for the well being of his fellow statesmen.He sympathised with the club for the loss of a life and prayed the good lord to give the supporters club and the family of the bereaved the fortitude to bear the loss.In his reaction, Akwa United FC Chairman, Mr Paul Bassey, said it was a sad day for Akwa Ibom sports and thanked the governor for alleviating the pains of the injured.“You needed to be there to see the relief on their faces as the governor spoke to them individually. I do not think they believed he would come around, but he did, shelving other state engagements. It is a big psychological boost that will quicken their recovery,” stressed Bassey.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – A Whittier man died when his all-terrain vehicle was struck by a truck in Victorville, officials said Friday. Leonel G. Hernandez, 33, died at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday, San Bernardino County coroner’s officials said. He was riding the ATV through an intersection on Placida Road in Victorville when it was struck by a pickup truck. Hernandez was ejected, then struck again by another vehicle, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Macintosh club to meet Thursday WHITTIER – The Whittier Area Macintosh Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Temple Beth Shalom. This month the club will demonstrate Apple’s new iWork ‘O6, which includes page layout and presentation programs. Rear parking entrance is at 14579 Mulberry Drive. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call (562) 943-4919. Club to host Canadian feature WHITTIER – The YMCA Travel Club will present a preview of a new trip showing the expanding development of Northwestern Canada at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Uptown YMCA, 12510 Hadley St. For more information, call (562) 693-8974. Irish play to open at Whittier theater WHITTIER – Whittier Community Theater will present the heralded Broadway drama/comedy “Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel at 8 p.m. Friday at the Whittier Centre Theater, 7630 S. Washington Ave. The play, directed by Regan Hunter and produced by Monica Francis, will run for three weekends through March 4. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m., with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The play is set in 1930s Ireland and features five sisters. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. For reservations, or for more information, call (562) 698-1105. Literacy council plans fundraiser WHITTIER – The Whittier Area Literacy Council Inc. will present its first “Love of Reading” fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at the council’s resource center, 12911 Hadley St. The program will include samples of student writings, along with crafts for kids, door prizes and book sales. Soups for sampling will also be donated by local restaurants. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at the Whittier Public Library. For more information, call (562) 698-6598. Uptown banquet awards members WHITTIER – The Whittier Uptown Association will hold its annual installation and awards banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Marquis Ballroom, 13007 Philadelphia St. The cost is $30 per person. Reservations are required. For reservations, or for more information, call (562) 96-2662. Amateur radio club to meet SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Rio Hondo Amateur Radio Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Police Service Center, 11576 E. Telegraph Road. All licensed amateur radio operators and their spouses are invited. For more information, call (562) 699-5195. – From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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