“It hasn’t really been put on the table,” Warner said Sunday. “As I’ve said many times off the record, it’s up to the board to reach out to me and open their doors. Then I can sit down and have an honest conversation with them.
“The board has changed since 2018 and when all these sanctions were imposed. It would be great to have a conversation with them and see where we are.”
Smith, who captained Newlands in 2018, was banned from coaching for two years and last year led Australia in the second Test against England in Adelaide when Cummins was sent off due to a close contact with Covid.
However, whether or not he has a captaincy again in Australian cricket, Warner believes he can play a leadership role.
“I have the experience, I’m a leader in the team anyway without having a title,” he said. “That’s what I want, to give back, so if they [younger players] can choose my brain any way, my phone is still there, they have my number and they can see me when I’m in the training facility.”
When announcing Warner’s signing, Thunder said a decision on the club’s captaincy “would be made closer to the start of the season”.