Steve Smith named in marquee list for Global T20 Canada league

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Former Australia captain Steve Smith appears set to return to cricket in the inaugural Global T20 Canada after being announced as a marquee player for the event.

He has been allowed to play in Western Australia's premier cricket league.

If the tournament proceeds as scheduled in June, it will mark Smith's first bit of cricket action since Cricket Australia (CA) banned the right-hander from all global and domestic cricket.

Smith and Chris Lynn are the Australians on the GT20 list, which also features Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy (Windies) and David Miller (South Africa). The ban saw Steve Smith lose his national captaincy and is hence, not allowed to play in worldwide or state cricket.

Like Smith, David Warner was also suspended for 12 months for his role in the ball tampering scandal while Cameron Bancroft was slapped with a nine-month ban.

Along with the players, Cricket Canada and Mercuri Canada, revealed the mark, teams and venue for the league, the first to be fully staged in North America and set to run from June 28 to July 15.

The Global T20 Canada consists of five Canadian teams and a Cricket West Indies representative team, made up entirely of players from the Caribbean. "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, CWI and the international cricket community for their guidance and support in growing cricket in Canada", said Ranjit Saini, President, Cricket Canada. A draft to determine who plays where will be held next week.

Club president and ex-Test fast bowler Mike Whitney told the Southern Courier the batsman had committed to at least the first three of four matches for the club.

"We're delighted to have him", Whitney said. The former Australia vice-captain will play for Randwick Petersham, his club in Sydney.

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

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