South African captain Graeme Smith has resigned from the captaincy of the T20 format of the game. Smith also announced that he will captain the fifty overs side till the World Cup of next year, after which he will pass on the baton to someone else.>
Smith had called for a press conference in Johannesburg to announce the plans for his future. It now remains to be seen who will take over from Smith in the T20 format of the game. Johan Botha was the South African captain in 2009 in both, the ODIs and the T20s when Smith was injured. However, the other name in the ring is that of AB de Villiers if the selectors look to build the team for the future.
Smith captained the South African side in all the three formats of the game since the 2003 World Cup. South Africa had just been bundled out of the tournament in the first round and Shaun Pollock had been given the axe from the top.
Under Smith’s captaincy, the side had achieved the number one status in the Test world, and beat Australia in a Test series in Australia.
However, some bad performances in 2009 meant that the coach Micky Arthur had to resign from his position, whereas the convenor of selectors, Mike Procter was given the boot as well.