PASSING ON BATON
Cameron White stands down as Victoria captain
Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Fri, 31 Mar, 2017, 10:59 AM
Cameron White stepped down as captain after leading side in 76 Shield games. © Getty
After leading Victoria to a record third consecutive Sheffield Shield title, Cameron White has called it time on his captaincy career. White stood in for regular captain Matthew Wade, who was away on national duty.
This was the fifth Shield title that White led the Bushrangers to, having the most number of wins as captain in the history of the competition, spanning 124 years.
“I think that’s my time done with the captaincy,” said White on Thursday (March 30) after leading Victoria in 76 Sheild games, with only three others to have had more for their respective sides. “I can’t do it forever. It’s been a great honour to do it again this year and to cap it off with a Shield (title). I think it’s time for someone else to do it.
“I just want to get back to enjoying playing. I can always help out as well while I’m still around. There’s a lot of guys who can do the captaincy,” he added, before endorsing Peter Handscomb for the role. “Peter Handscomb is probably the number one cab off the rank I’d assume. I haven’t spoken to Pete about it and that’ll be up to (coach) Andrew McDonald and the Cricket Victoria board, but he would be the obvious choice.
“I’m always going to help out while I’m around, whether it’s captaincy (this year) or just trying to teach the young fellas how to play the game. I’m looking forward to doing that kind of role.”
White was handed the coveted role when he was 20, in 2003-04, making him the youngest-ever Victoria skipper. He went on to skipper the Bushrangers for nearly a decade, before Wade replaced him in 2013-14 and later led the team to the first two of the three titles. Wade, however, has made clear his intent on moving back to his home state of Tasmania at the end of the season, which leaves him out of contention to take over the reins of the side, which gives Handscomb the chance.
Handscomb has led Victoria six times in the Shield and the Matador One-Day Cup over the last two seasons. He also was picked to lead Australia A during last winter’s Quadrangular series against India A and South Africa A. However, Handscomb, even if picked as Victoria’s new skipper, would likely miss a fair bit of the Shield season due to national commitments, following his impressive performances in national colours.