Steve Smith, former Australia captain, who was banned by Cricket Australia for a year and lost his captaincy for atleast two years, for his involvement in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa, might be seen returning to cricket as early as next month.
Cricket.com.au reported that Steve Smith has been approached by the organizers of the Toronto-based T20 tournament in order to avail his services in the six-team competition, which will be staged from 28 June to 15 July. All matches will be played at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, 40km north of downtown Toronto in King City, and each team will have a minimum of four Canadian players in each squad.
Cricket Australia is supportive of the opportunity should Smith take part in the tournament.
Interested players can register online, with a draft on May 26 set to determine the rosters for the 18-day tournament. Six competing teams are Caribbean All-Stars, Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Ottawa Royals Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks.
The International Cricket Council sanctioned the league in February, making it the first sanctioned T20 competition organized by an Associate nation.
Smith returned from the USA last week and hit the nets with his father at Moore Park.
Not only Smith, but David Warner and Cameron Bancroft’s returns to cricket have been finalized. Warner will play for his club Randwick Petersham for at least the “first three or four" games for the club at the start of the 2018-19 season, as confirmed by club president and former Australia fast bowler Mike Whitney.
Bancroft, on the other hand, will turn out in Western Australia’s Premier Cricket competition after the Western Australia District Cricket Council voted 14-2 in his favor to allow him to participate.