Botha replaces Smith as SA's new T20 captain

Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 14:47 [IST]
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Botha named SA T20 skipper

South African off spin bowler Johan Botha has been elected as South Africa's new T20 captain following Graeme Smith's resignation.

Smith announced his decision to relinquish the limited-overs captaincy - he will step down from the one-day international role after next year's World Cup - in a bid to ease his workload.

Botha, who has led the Proteas in Smith's absence before, has now been handed the reins for the shortest form of the game.

"Johan was the unanimous choice of the board," said Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola.

"We have every confidence that he will do an excellent job leading up to the next edition of the ICC World T20 in 2012."

Convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson added: "Johan has an excellent record as a leader. He was an inspirational captain when he stood in for Smith in the ODI series victory in Australia in 2009.

"His appointment is part of the process of refreshing our Pro20 squad and also deciding whether to follow the route of having different captains for different formats of the game."

Botha was delighted with the news and now has his eyes set on the one-day side when Smith hands over control in next spring.

"I really enjoyed the captaincy when I stood in for Graeme before and I am proud to be offered the job now. I am looking forward to working with such a special team.

"As far as the 50-over captaincy is concerned, I will have to see how my own form goes and how the team performs.

"If everything goes according to plan I would like to think I have a chance of captaining in the 50-over format as well when Graeme stands down."


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