Cape Town - Andrew Hudson, former South African opening batsman, has been appointed by Cricket South Africa (CSA) as the new national convenor of selectors.
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This was announced on Tuesday by CSA’s CEO, Gerald Majola, who steps down as interim convenor.
“CSA is very pleased that Andrew Hudson has accepted the job because he has all the attributes to make an outstanding convenor of selectors," said Majola in a press release.
“He has played the game successfully at the highest levels, representing the Dolphins and Proteas with distinction.
“He has also served on CSA’s Franchise Review Committee and has chaired the Cricket Committee where he has done invaluable work.
“Andrew also fully understands and supports the vision of CSA and brings to the panel’s table an outstanding pedigree in cricket and managerial acumen.
Hudson was SA's opening batsman when the Proteas returned from isolation, and scored the first test century after the ban was lifted - a glorious 163 in the West Indies. It was also the first century by an SA player on test debut.
“I am looking forward to getting involved with the Proteas again. They have done well recently and I am confident that we also have the emerging talent to take our team forward,” said Hudson.
Majola also announced that Shafiek Abrahams is on the new panel.
“The National Selection Panel will comprise from 1 June 2010: Andrew Hudson (Convenor); Corrie van Zyl (representing the National Coach’s post); and Shafiek Abrahams (representing the High Performance Manager’s post); with Graeme Smith (representing the Captain’s post) as a selector for the final XI.
“The composition of the panel will be subject to CSA’s normal annual review."
“Kepler Wessels, who was also appointed to the panel on an interim basis along with me, will continue to be the Proteas batting consultant and will also be available to offer selection advice to Andrew Hudson and coach Corrie van Zyl," added Majola.
“Kepler adds much value to the Proteas’ set-up and CSA is very pleased to continue to have him on board. Not being a selector, also allows him to pursue his career as a commentator.”
Majola also announced that the National Coach position will be advertised soon with Van Zyl remaining as interim coach until after the ICC World Cup 2011.
Andrew Hudson at the CSA offices on Tuesday, May 4 (File)