Steve Smith to play in Canada

Virginia Santiago
May 27, 2018

Steve Smith's return to cricket looks set to occur sooner rather than later, with the ousted Australian captain named as one of the marquee players in a Canadian T20 tournament beginning in June.

In addition to losing their places in the worldwide side, Smith and Warner were also denied the opportunity to compete in the Indian Premier League.

As the newest worldwide league in the format, Global T20 Canada joins a growing list of competitions in India, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the Caribbean.

Australian captain Steve Smith will make his comeback in unfamiliar surroundings
Camera Icon Australian captain Steve Smith will make his comeback in unfamiliar

Former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith has kept a low profile since his ban from the game for his part in the ball-tampering scandal.

A cricket West Indies representative team, including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo, will complete the field.

Steve Smith was banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia from global cricket in March 2018 for his role in the sandpapergate incident.

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Cameron Bancroft, who was given a 9-month ban by Cricket Australia, was also cleared to play Western Australia's Premier Cricket league, earlier this month.

Global T20 Canada will consist of six teams, five representing Canadian cities - Edmonton Royals, Montreal Tigers, Toronto Nationals, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks - with a sixth, Cricket West Indies representative team, consisting entirely of players from the Caribbean, as part of an official partnership with Cricket West Indies.

"Canadian cricket fans will have a great opportunity to see up close numerous world's greatest players, and I'd like to thank International Cricket Council, Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the international cricket community for their guidance and support in growing cricket in Canada".

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He will also be involved in pre-season training and helping with the club's youngsters. "He's one of the best players Australia has had since World War Two". "Everyone is excited to have him".

Meanwhile, Warner - banned for 12 months - is committed to play a handful of Sydney grade cricket matches with Randwick Petersham.

But he's rarely been sighted for the club due to state, worldwide and Indian Premier League commitments.

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