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Steve Smith set to play in Canadian Twenty20 league

Cricket Australia confirmed that suspended former Australia cricket team skipper Steve Smith will join international stars Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi, in the six-team Canadian Twenty20 league beginning June 28.

cricket Updated: May 25, 2018 16:28 IST
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Former Australian cricket team captain Steve Smith, who was suspended for 12 months in March for his role in the South African ball-tampering scandal, has been allowed to play domestic tournaments outside Australia.(Reuters)

Steve Smith’s comeback to cricket looks set to begin in Canada with the suspended former Australia captain being named as a marquee player in a Canadian Twenty20 league.

Cricket Australia reported on its website Friday that Smith will join fellow international stars, including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi, in the six-team tournament beginning June 28.

David Warner, who also received a one-year ban after being charged for his part in the ball-tampering scandal, is also expected to participate in the event.

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The 28-year-old Smith, who was suspended for 12 months in March for his role in the South African ball-tampering scandal, has been allowed to play domestic tournaments outside Australia by Cricket Australia.

The Global T20 Canada tournament will have six teams, five representing Canadian cities — Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. The sixth, a Cricket West Indies representative team, will consist entirely of players from the Caribbean, as part of an official partnership with Cricket West Indies (CWI).

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Teams will be stocked with players through a draft that will take place on May 31. Four roster spots will be set aside for Canadians, including one for a Canadian under-23 player.

The competition will have 22 matches ending in playoffs and the championship game on July 16. All matches will take place at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in Toronto.

First Published: May 25, 2018 09:51 IST