Cape Town - Former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith has been appointed head coach of Gauteng franchise, the Benoni Zalmi, who will participate in the inaugural T20 Global League later this year.
Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana, who was among the frontrunners for the Proteas head coaching role, has been appointed as Smith's assistant.
Smith is widely regarded as South Africa's most successful captain after playing in 117 Tests, 197 ODIs and 33 T20Is for the Proteas.
This will be Smith's first stint as a coach in cricket.
Pakistan's Javed Afridi has extended the Zalmi (which means youth in Urdu) brand to South Africa, as he owns the Pakistan Super League team, the Peshawar Zalmi.
Afridi, 31, is also known for his position at Chinese electronics and appliances company Haier Pakistan, where he is the CEO.