Perth Scorchers eye Graeme Smith for Big Bash League 2014-15
Coach Justin Langer feels Graeme Smith will be ideal replacement for Simon Katich.
Graeme Smith retired from international cricket after the series against Australia © Getty Images
Aug 2, 2014
Coach of Perth Scorchers Justin Langer has hinted that the franchise is keen on signing retired South African skipper Graeme Smith for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League 2014-15. Looking for an experienced player to lead the side and shepherd them ahead, Smith is the likely contender after the retirement of Simon Katich.
“We are looking at a top-order batsman as one of our overseas players. The great thing about Graeme Smith is his leadership and with the retirement of Simon Katich, he would be an ideal replacement. The strategy for three years has been to get players who can bring great leadership as well as skill and would be available for all eight games and finals. He’d be an attractive package, there’s no doubt about that. We’ll keep talking to him,” Langer was quoted as saying by the official website of Cricket Australia.
Smith had announced his retirement after the Australia series in February-March 2014. The left-hander was nursing knee injury which forced him to retire from all forms of the game.