Steve Smith who had to give up his role of the captaincy following the ‘sandpaper-gate’ scandal in 2018 has revealed he would love to captain the team again in the future. In March 2018, Steve Smith was banned for 12 months from the game and for 2 years due to his role in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in Cape Town. Smith along with vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were sanctioned after Bancroft was caught on camera using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball.
“I’ve certainly had a lot of time to think about it and I guess now I’ve got to a point where, if the opportunity did come up again, I would be keen,” Smith said. “If it was what Cricket Australia wanted and it was what was best for the team at the time, it’s certainly something I would be interested in now, that’s for sure.”
While Smith was banned, Tim Paine took over the reins of captain in the Test format while Aaron Finch was handed the captaincy in the limited over formats. Paine is set to captain the team in the Ashes later this year.
“I’m always going to have to live with Cape Town, regardless of whether I lead again or not. It’s always there.” Smith added. “I’ve been through all that now. Time keeps moving forward, and I’ve learnt so much the last few years about myself and grown as a human being. I feel as though I’d be in a better place if the opportunity did come up.”