Steve Smith will skipper Welsh Fire in English cricket’s new Hundred competitors two years after being stripped of the Australia captaincy for his position in a ball-tampering scandal. Smith will lead a aspect that features Australia quick bowler Mitchell Starc in addition to England World Cup-winners Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett, along with rising star Tom Banton and West Indies paceman Ravi Rampaul.
Smith misplaced the Australia captaincy for his position in a ball-tampering scandal in 2018 throughout a Test in Cape Town and was given a yr-lengthy ban by Cricket Australia.
Wednesday’s announcement got here with Smith and David Warner, his then vice-captain who was additionally banned for 12 months for his half in the incident, again on the Newlands floor in Cape Town for a collection-deciding third Twenty20 worldwide in opposition to South Africa.
“It’s an honour to be asked to captain Welsh Fire in the first year of The Hundred,” mentioned Smith.
“Our squad looks super strong with a great group of players who’ve dominated the international and domestic scenes for the past few years.” Welsh Fire coach Gary Kirsten mentioned: “Steve’s knowledge and experience of leading teams in pressurised situations will definitely help us in this first season of The Hundred.” Smith will lead the Welsh Fire, whose aspect at the moment doesn’t embody any Welsh gamers, in the competitors’s opening fixture away to Oval Invincibles in London on July 17.
The Hundred is a brand new event consisting of eight metropolis-primarily based franchise sides, breaking away from England’s conventional county system.
Teams will bat for 100 balls every with overs lasting for 10 balls and bowlers both bowling 5 or 10 balls consecutively.