Steve Smith said he was willing to lead the national cricket team of Australia if he was given an opportunity. He made this announcement after almost two years after Cricket Australia banned him for one year for his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate incident.
What was the Sandpaper Gate incident?
It as ball-tempering incident happened the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March 2018. Steve Smith was the skipper of Australian cricket at that time and he confirmed his involvement in the incident. The Cricket Australia board took cognizance of the matter and banned Steve from international cricket for one year. The opening batsman David Warner also received a similar punishment but Cameron Bancroft was let off with a nine-month suspension.
Would Steve Smith join the national cricket team of Australia?
While Smith has completed his suspension but the Australian coach Justin Langer isn’t willing to take him back. Langer replied to Steve’s call for an opportunity to lead the Australian team again by saying that there was no captaincy position available in the team.
He said that Australia had two very good captains – Tim Paine (Test captain) and Aaron Finch (white-ball captain). He further said that the Australian team was preparing for two important tournaments – an Ashes and a T20 World Cup.
What is the future of Steve Smith?
While his entry into the national cricket team of Australia looks delayed, the right-handed batsman will be seen batting for Delhi Capitals in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning April 9.