Johannesburg, May 24: Retired Proteas paceman Makhaya Ntini has been appointed as Cricket South Africa's first Cricket Development Ambassador.
Ntini said he was excited to take up the challenge as he embarks on his crusade to develop cricket in his home province of Eastern Cape.
"I am very happy to continue working with CSA but in this different avenue. I am very passionate about cricket especially in the forgotten parts of South Africa in the rural areas like the one I come from," he said at the unveiling of the newly renovated G.B Molefe hostel, which houses the CSA Fort Hare Cricket Academy bursary players.
Ntini had himself been taken onto the development programme after working as a herdboy in the province to become a world class fast bowler.
"This latest journey will allow me to continue spreading the word about cricket and bring the spotlight to the young boys and girls from the smaller areas in South Africa," Ntini said.
CSA chief executive Gerald Majola said, "Makhaya is a true ambassador of the sport, he has done more for the game of cricket than anybody in promoting the game. We are honoured as CSA that he is lending his name and his time to the development of cricket." More PTI FH AT