Steve Smith, former Australian Captain and one of the best batsman in the world, has expressed his desire to spend all of his earnings from the upcoming the T20 competition that he'll be using for the grassroots development of the game, back home in Australia.
Smith, who is currently serving a one year ban by Cricket Australia for his inclusion in the Ball-Tampering saga that started from the Johannesburg Test in South Africa recently, will be playing in the Global T20 Canada League. The tournament will be his first few games of competitive cricket, as he looks to be in shape for his return, whenever it may be.
The Global T20 League will consist of six teams, five representing Canadian cities – Edmonton Royals, Montreal Tigers, Toronto Nationals, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks – with a sixth, Cricket West Indies representative team, consisting entirely of players from the Caribbean, as part of an official partnership with Cricket West Indies (CWI).
Smith will be joined by international stars including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy, Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine, David Miller and Dwayne Bravo for the month-long tournament.
During his stay in Canada, Steve Smith, as part of his deal with the tournament organizers, will be seen involved in several community cricket initiatives which also include training camps to help in the promotion of our great game in the country.
(Inputs from Cricket.com.au)