New Zealand cricket July 8, 2012

Kane able as captain but is it too soon?

The decision to appoint 21-year-old Kane Williamson as interim New Zealand cricket captain smacks as cruel, writes Andrew Alderson in the Herald on Sunday .

The decision to appoint 21-year-old Kane Williamson as interim New Zealand cricket captain smacks as cruel, writes Andrew Alderson in the Herald on Sunday.

Sure, it's an honour to do the job and (insert the usual platitudes here) but Williamson strikes as one of the best cricketers this country has produced. Why add the responsibility of leading his country as he is still establishing himself in the sport's shorter forms?

No doubt there will be those who roll out "if you're good enough, you're old enough" lines but this decision - understood to have been made by outgoing coach John Wright - seems premature. Worse is the fact it could scar Williamson's development as a batsman as he attempts to cope with the added stress.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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