Enoch Nkwe cricket

Enoch Nkwe. ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Enoch Nkwe to be appointed new Director of Cricket – report

Ex-Proteas assistant Enoch Nkwe is set to be unveiled as South Africa’s new Director of Cricket, taking over from Graeme Smith.

Enoch Nkwe cricket

Enoch Nkwe. ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith was appointed to the role as director of cricket at the end of 2019, while his contract was then extended by two years in April 2020. It was a tumultuous time in the role for Smith, and after his contract with CSA expired at the end of March this year, the position was advertised.

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According to IOL Sport, Nkwe is now set to be appointed to the high-profile position, edging out former Proteas all-rounder and current Warriors coach Robin Peterson, who had also been linked with the role.

Nkwe has most recently been working as a “strategic cricket consultant” at the Lions, and has actually previously served as ‘Interim Director of the Proteas’ for a 2019 tour to India.

The 39-year-old resigned as an assistant coach of the Proteas due to perceived differences with the ‘team culture’, but he now steps back into a key role in South African cricket.

CSA have been conducting a recruitment process for a Director of Cricket for some time

Nkwe recently spoke to Sport24 about what his thinking was around future plans after it was confirmed that he would not be testifying in a disciplinary hearing against Proteas coach Mark Boucher, which has since been dismissed.

“I’ll respect their process and I’ll continue to move forward and focus on what I need to do next in terms of my career…

“The matter now sits between the coach and the organisation. Whatever happens at the end of that process, I hope the outcome will be one that’s best for the game.

“What’s important is that the game stays healthy and it continues to grow in the right direction. We all need the game to be strong and healthy.

“As fans and stakeholders in the game, we have a responsibility to help the game grow and by sometime next year, we speak the same language in terms of winning the World Cup.

“I know at this moment the game has been slightly tarnished. I hope that at the end of this process, it’ll lead to a healthy move for the game.”

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