Former Australian keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist calls for Cricket Australia to give Steve Smith a leadership role. In recent times, a leadership role for Steve Smith has resurfaced, two years after the board sacked him from the post following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Adam Gilchrist calls for Steve Smith to be handed over the vice-captaincy immediately.
With Test captain Tim Paine and white-ball skipper Aaron Finch nearing their twilight years, the possibility of Steve Smith captaining the national team again has arisen. Quite a few experts were surprised when Matthew Wade led the side in the second T20I against India instead of the 31-year old in the absence of Finch. When asked head coach Justin Langer, he claimed there are processes to go through before Smith becomes captain again.
Adam Gilchrist sees why no player should not have a second chance, claiming that if Steve Smith is the right choice and the most obvious man, he witnesses no reason why he should not do it. The Western Australian thinks that Cricket Australia should appoint him as the deputy immediately if they feel he is the right candidate and when Paine and Finch calls it a day, it should be like a natural progression.
“I see no reason why someone shouldn’t have a second chance and if part of that is the captaincy for Steve Smith, if he’s the right guy and the most obvious candidate, I can’t see a reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to do it. If Cricket Australia and the selectors feel that way, and Steve Smith is keen to do it, I think they should make him vice-captain immediately. And whenever those opportunities come up when Painey finishes, when Finchy finishes he just assumes it like any normal, natural progression,” Smith said as quoted by India Today.
It just means everyone is clear that’s going to happen: Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist further said that the curiosity within everyone and Smith about what the journey would need to be clarified since there will be no uncertainties and distraction from the on-field action. According to the 49-year old, the right-handed batsman deserves to be the vice-captain and Cricket Australia should hand over the responsibility if they think the same.
“It takes out all the speculation and allows Steve to know, everyone to know, what the journey is going to be. It allows the natural progression to happen without the speculation. By doing that it means that when the captaincy changes there’s not all this hype and uncertainty around it and focus being taken away from the cricket. It just means everyone is clear that’s going to happen. There are two issues. (One), should he be allowed to do it? I think he should be allowed to do it. Secondly, if they feel that that’s the right decision they should make him vice-captain now,” he added.