"It will be a very interesting dynamic between Graeme and the director of cricket, Chris Adams," Ramprakash continued.
"When Chris was appointed, I felt he was very dominant. He made all the decisions in the direction of where the cricket was going.
"He made a very bold decision in making Rory Hamilton-Brown captain and unfortunately things didn't work out.
"Here, they have gone to almost the other extreme in getting a hugely experienced captain.
"Chris has said he's one of the best captains of all time and [I think] he's up there in that calibre."
Ramprakash believes the arrival of Smith could give Surrey a significant boost after a turbulent 2012 season which saw them only avoid relegation to Division Two of the County Championship in the penultimate game.
"Surrey would have thought long and hard about what direction they were going to go in," Ramprakash said.
"I can see a correlation with Justin Langer, who did a great job captaining down at Somerset.
"He opened the batting, was a very combative player and a tough personality. Along with the coach Andy Hurry, he had a bit of a legacy.
"Somerset have been competing right at the top of the domestic game for a number of years and I'm sure Surrey are hoping that's what will happen at the Oval."
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