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Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has been appointed as the tournament director and brand ambassador for the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
Smith, who retired from international cricket in May this year, has already expressed his interest in the business aspect of cricket.
“I am excited by this opportunity and looking forward to putting something back into the game,” Smith said. “Players love playing in South Africa and our Ram Slam T20 competition has the potential to become a tournament of choice for international players from around the world.”
Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat stated that Smith was hired for the job since he can help the tournament gain popularity amongst the cricketing community.
“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.”
It was also announced that Smith will help promote the ‘Protea Fire’ campaign prior to the start of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“The ‘Protea Fire’ ethos has become a valuable part of the team culture and identity in recent years,” Smith said. “I would love to continue to play a role in promoting the values, tradition and spirit around which the campaign is based so that it becomes an enduring part of the South African sporting culture.”