Ali Bacher praises selection panel that appointed Graeme Smith as captain

Graeme Smith was appointed skipper of the South African Test side at the age of 22 by the Omar Henry-led selection committee, and is now the most successful captain in the history of the game.

updated: February 19, 2013 19:39 IST
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Johannesburg: Former South African cricket supremo Ali Bacher has lauded the 2003 Omar Henry-led selection committee for appointing Graeme Smith as national captain when was just 22 and in the initial phrase of his international career.

"(Smith) was 22 years old, had played only eight Test matches, 22 ODIs and had hardly any captaincy experience," wrote Bacher in a special four-page supplement in the national daily, 'The Star' to commemorate Smith's centenary as a Test captain.

"We need also to doff our caps to the 2003 National Selection Committee, chaired by Omar Henry, for their vision and I would say their courage in appointing Graeme as captain," he added.

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