Biff is as merry as a cricket
He had thought he would miss cricket more than he does, says Graeme Smith. But after almost 12 years in the pressure cooker that was the Protea captaincy, it now feels as if he is on holiday.
“Because I’m still relatively young  and I keep fit, it feels as though I could still be competitive and play at the highest level. But I honestly don’t miss cricket as much as I expected. I love being in this stressless space. I can now breathe, recharge and reflect upon life more. I’m enjoying it,” he said last week at the Gary Player Invitational in which he was taking part.
Smith is still on our TV screens, but only occasionally when the cameras turn to the commentators’ booth. It’s a new role for him and one he enjoys.
“You’re sitting up there and see what is happening on the field and form opinions about what should happen next or what a player is doing wrong.
“It’s nice to have a platform to tell others what you’re seeing – especially for me, since I played for a long time and have knowledge and experience of conditions around the world.
“There are also still many guys in the team who I played with and I have an insight on what’s going on in their heads, which always helps. It’s important that I keep my commentary fair and balanced. It’s a nice new challenge,” said Smith, who is nicknamed Biff.
Although he doesn’t regret his decision to retire, he’s excited about playing T20 cricket in the new Masters Champions League in Dubai next year.
HAPPY Graeme Smith is enjoying a relaxed life away from the pressures of