Australia’s disgraced captain Steven Smith is about to return in cricket next month featuring in Global T20 Canada tournament. The six team competition will run from June 28 to July 16.
Smith was handed one year ban from Cricket Australia after being found guilty of ball tampering scandal earlier in the year during South Africa tour.
The six teams of the tournament are named – Caribbean All-Stars, Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Ottawa Royals, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks.
According to rules, each team must contain at least four Canadian cricketers leaving plenty of space for foreign recruits.
All matches are scheduled to be played at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, 40km north of downtown Toronto in King City.
It is reported that Steven Smith, who accepted his fate without any sign of disagreement, spent time in the United States before returning to Australia last week. After his return, Smith went to Moore Park with his father and underwent an indoor net session.
Smith, who’s still the No 1 batsman in the Test format, has played 155 T20s so far.
Australia’s Test vice-captain David Warner was also given one year of suspension while Cameron Bancroft’s punishment was down to nine months.