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Proteas to rise above CSA scandal

Proteas Test Captain Graeme Smith says the team will focus on the game instead of CSA troubles.

Proteas captain Graeme Smith. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Proteas Test Captain Graeme Smith said on Wednesday the Proteas have risen above the problems that are currently embroiling Cricket South Africa (CSA).

On Friday, Smith will become the first test player in history to lead his team for the 100th time.

The will be played against Pakistan at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

Smith said the Proteas want to focus on their game rather than CSA's troubles.

"Our job is really to get the fans to the stadiums, to try and perform and keep the Protea brand as strong as possible. South African cricket is bigger than all of us and when we're sitting back one day, we'd love to enjoy a team that's even stronger."

CSA TO MOVE FORWARD

Meanwhile, CSA's board of directors, which currently consists of 12 members, will be broadened to 16 again in a year and a half's time.

This was decided upon at a special general meeting at the beginning of the year, where several issues around transformation and leadership were resolved.

It was agreed that the elected chairperson of the board will also be the President of CSA.

A lead director from the independents will also be appointed to assist the chairperson.

Acting president Willie Basson said a decision was also taken on the number of independent directors that will be part of the board.

"We decided to go with a five-seven split in terms of the independents and the non-independents, and then 18 months down the line, a seven-nine split."

Basson also said there aren't any disputes with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

The decision goes against Judge Chris Nicholson's recommendations from the CSA inquiry on the 2009 Indian Premier League bonus scandal and follows those of Sascoc.

The decision is also not in line with the demands of the Cricket Players' Association.