Van Zyl, who was appointed to the role of actor after the weekend purge of head coach Ottis Gibson and his coaching staff, said he would chair a selection meeting.
“Faf will be the test team captain,” said Van Zyl. “But we have to look forward and we’ll talk about the white ball strategy for 2023.” South Africa will play with three Twenty20 internationals in India next month before the Test series, the first in the new World Test Championship, which begins on October 2.
At the press conference on Tuesday, Thabang Moroe, executive director of CSA, said he hoped that appointments to a new structure for the national team will be made before England begins a tour of South Africa in December.
On Sunday, CSA said a soccer-style team manager would be appointed, who would take over all aspects of the national team, including the appointment of a coaching staff, the captain or captains and medical and administrative staff.
Moroe also suggested that the policy be directed from above.
Moroe also confirmed a growing rift with the SA Cricket Players Association (SACA), saying he wanted more direct communication between CSA and the national team, effectively avoiding SACA.
“There has been a bit of disconnection between the players and the organization (CSA),” he said. “We want to rationalize the system so that decisions can be made almost instantly.” SACA chief executive Tony Irish says that the relationship between CSA and the players’ body was at its lowest point.
Consequently, SACA launched a higher court request seeking a review of a CSA decision to restructure domestic cricket, made without any consultation from SACA. Moroe acknowledged that there were differences between CSA and SACA, but said there was no collapse and that SACA would soon be invited to meet with the governing body.