Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting fears leading an extra squad just before the big Champions Trophy will add on some workload and burden on current Aussie captain Steven Smith’s shoulder.
Although Ricky backs Smith to win Indian Premier League (IPL) season ten but still feels an additional responsibility may not be beneficial for the Australian team.
Steven Smith was announced captain of Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) squad after former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was removed from the post by the side.
Pune franchise management that time told they are looking for a young fresh face to lead Pune and they find Steven Smith best suited for the job.
Currently, Steven Smith is leading Australia in all three formats and IPL captaincy came in his way as a surprise package, as everybody was expecting MS Dhoni to continue as the captain.
With Steven Smith, South African captain Faf Du Plessis and England’s deputy captain Ben Stokes are also in the Pune squad. Ricky Ponting says IPL captaincy in Smith’s way was like “Big Surprise For Him”.
Earlier Ricky Ponting also suggested Steven Smith to step down from the Australian T20 captaincy post to reduce the workload on himself.
Steven Smith last played in a T20 was against India at ICC World T20 2016.
“Knowing how taxing the captaincy can be, to be captain of three teams for Australia is hard enough. And when you have got another couple of months of captaincy and responsibility on top of that, it is actually interesting to see how that will all play out”
Steven Smith in previous occasions had led Sydney Sixers to a title win in 2011-12 Big Bash league and in Indian Premier League, he performed as a deputy to Sourav Ganguly for Pune Warriors India, and later he joined Rajasthan Royals and became the full-time captain over there.