• MCL will determine Smith’s future

    Former South African captain Graeme Smith says the Masters Champions League could pave the way for him to make a comeback.

    The tournament, which starts on Thursday in Dubai, will feature former legends of the game, many of whom are retired.

    Rumours of a possible comeback from Smith surfaced last year as he felt at 34 years of age he possibly retired too soon and felt he could still make a contribution.

    Smith did commentary work for SuperSport and the BBC during the England series and was even asked to serve as a batting consultant to the Proteas ahead of the Newlands Test.

    ‘My answer hasn’t changed,’ Smiths said at a press conference ahead of the MCL, in which he will captain Virgo Super Kings.

    ‘I am happy with where I am in life, but if the tournament does go well, I enjoy it again and play well, I will definitely consider it. Right now I think it would be a brave answer for me to say, “yes’. I want to do as well as possible.’

    Smith said he was happy to get back on the field again.

    ‘It is very difficult to compare now, as we are still in the buildup phase,’ he said. ‘Seeing all the other players, there is a lot of excitement and the players want to perform well. I’ve been lucky enough to play in a lot of those other leagues and I’m looking forward to playing in this one. It is an opportunity for all of us to get back in and play some good cricket.’

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