Steve Smith’s cricket comeback confirmed, and it’s happening in a pretty unexpected place

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    Steve Smith’s comeback to cricket has begun, with the suspended former Australia skipper being named as a marquee player in Canada’s T20 league.

    Smith will join fellow international stars, including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi in the six-team tournament beginning on June 28, according to cricket.com.au.

    The 28-year-old was stripped of the captaincy and handed a 12-month suspension from international cricket for his role in the Cape Town Test ball-tampering scandal in March.

    Smith admitted having knowledge of the plan but failed to stop Cameron Bancroft using sandpaper to tamper with the ball on the third day of the third Test against South Africa.

    Smith’s also banned for two years from him holding a leadership position within the Australian team and 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

    The ban for breaching Cricket Australia’s code of conduct extended to state matches but permitted Smith to play domestic tournaments outside Australia.

    The Global T20 Canada consists of five Canadian teams and a Cricket West Indies representative team, made up entirely of players from the Caribbean.

    A draft to determine who plays where will be held next week.

    Bancroft, along with former vice-captain David Warner, have also begun their comebacks after also being suspended over the scandal.

    Former Test opener Bancroft, who is serving a nine-month suspension, will play for WA club side Willetton next season.

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

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    • May 25th 2018 @ 12:30pm
      Jarijari said | May 25th 2018 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

      10 marquee players for six teams doesn’t quite add up. They’ve named Smith, Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, Chris Lynn, Darren Sammy, David Miller, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell as the marquees.

      • May 26th 2018 @ 10:44pm
        Beny Iniesta said | May 26th 2018 @ 10:44pm | ! Report

        I assume its 10 for the 5 Canadian teams – 2 each.

        West Indian team consisting of players from the Caribbean as stated.

    • May 28th 2018 @ 7:29pm
      BrainsTrust said | May 28th 2018 @ 7:29pm | ! Report

      Canada has a large immigrant population from the SubContinent.
      They also have plenty of people from the Carribean.

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