Smith is not the right candidate to lead Australia again: Ian Chappell
Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell reckons Steve Smith is not the ideal candidate to skipper the national team again as Australia are looking for possible contenders to lead the team ahead of a jam-packed 2021-22 schedule.
As of now, two captains are leading the national cricket team. Tim Paine is leading the Test team while Finch is the captain in ODIs and T20Is. Meanwhile, Test captain Paine backed Smith to lead the Australian team in the future after the Sandpaper saga in 2018.
Tim further added that he will totally back Smith if he gets the chance to lead the team. Meanwhile, Chappell thinks otherwise and said Smith is not the right aspirant to lead the team. In an exclusive interview with the Wide World Of Sports, Ian advised the Australian team management to not give captaincy duties to Smith.
“I think it’s time to move on. To me, if you go back to Smith, you’re going backwards. It’s time to look ahead, not in the rear-vision mirror,” he explained.
Chappell also opened up on Bancroft’s recent remarks, where he shockingly mentioned that Australia’s bowlers were well aware of the ball-tampering event in South Africa.
“It’s probably something that’s been on Bancroft’s chest for a while, and he’s tried to get it off his chest as diplomatically as he possibly could. I’m not surprised, because Bancroft’s one of only three that got pinged for what happened, and most people would realise that there were more than three people involved,” he said.
The 77-year-old also reckons Bancroft’s statement should not disturb Pat Cummins as he is the unanimous choice to skipper the national team in the future.
“If people start jumping up and down about Pat Cummins captaining Australia if he knew, well the answer is pretty clear because it falls back on Smith. He’s the bloke who should have stopped it. The captain’s got the overall say and power to stop it, and he didn’t.
I don’t think it should count against Pat Cummins, even if they decide the bowlers did know. Smith is the bloke who should have made sure the whole thing never started,” Chappell concluded. In a recent development, Pat Cummins and Steve Smith are added in white-ball tour to West Indies in July.