November 1, 2012Surrey have today announced the signing of South African captain Graeme Smith as their overseas player.
Smith has signed a three year deal with the London based county and will also captain the side. The 31 year-old will replace Rory Hamilton-Brown as captain who recently resigned from the post before re-joining Sussex.
Smith is held in very high regard by all in the world of cricket, and has led his national team South Africa to top of the world rankings after they defeated England 2-0 in last summer’s Test series in England.
Smith has captained in county cricket before when he led Somerset to glory in the 2005 Twenty20 competition. The left-handed batsman has fond memories of The Oval where he played his 100th Test match, and scored a century in helping South Africa defeat England.
The timing of Smith’s move to London comes at a stage in his life where he is looking to settle down. Smith recently had the birth of his first child with his Irish wife. Being situated in London this may also provide other business opportunities to Smith in his three years in the capital.
Speaking on Surrey CCC website Smith said “I am excited about what we can achieve at Surrey going forward and would like to state very clearly that I will balance my new role alongside my continuing commitments to the Proteas and I look forward to continuing to represent my country for many years to come.”
Surrey will be hoping that Smith can lead the county back to a period of success that they enjoyed at the turn of the century.
Smith is currently in Sydney where he is preparing to captain South Africa in a Test series against Australia.
The Scoop 01/11/12