David Warner, the former Australian vice-captain, has come out and stated that he is very excited and happy to be the part of Global T20 Canada League. Warner, who has been banned from the game by Cricket Australia for a year because of his involvement in the ball-tampering saga that got played out in South Africa, has been drafted in by the Winnipeg Hawks in yesterday's players draft process.
Earlier the tournament had announced the list of marquee players to feature in the competition that includes Warner's teammate Steve Smith, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy, Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine, David Miller and Dwayne Bravo for the month-long tournament.
Steve Smith and David Warner, although banned by their home board, are allowed to play in this league as this is an ICC sanctioned league and doesn't come under the jurisdiction of CA. Thet duo was recently allowed to play club cricket in Australia too.
David Warner took to Instagram and posted an image with the caption, "Really excited to be a part of @gt20canada . Thanks to the Winnipeg Hawks for selecting me to play in what will be a really competitive tournament. Prep steps up this week in the nets ????????"
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).
The league is set to take place from June 28 to July 15.