- Steve Smith was banned by Cricket Australia for his participation in the Australian ball-tampering controversy back in March in Cape Town
- Although banned for 1 year, Smith could make his competitive return in the Global T20 Tournament in Canada next month
- David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have already signed deals with clubs in Australia, which should mark their return as well to competitive cricket
Steve Smith, who has been suspended for 1 year from state, Big Bash and national level cricket by the Cricket Australia for his involvement in the Australian ball tampering controversy might find himself back on the field faster than most of expected. The former Australian captain could make a competitive return in next months Global T20 tournament in Canada. Steve Smith ball tampering controversy caught a lot of media attention at that time but it also led to huge sympathetic support for the trio who were involved.
Cricket Australia in full support of Smith taking part in Global T20 League
Apart from being banned from playing, Steve Smith has also been barred from captaining the Australian national team for the next 2 years. Soon after the events in Cape Town, Smith gave a public apology to not only the Australian public but also all cricket fans from around the globe. The incident led to a lot of backlash from the Australian media but following Smith’s press conference, the trio received large support from the cricket fraternity as the guilt in their hearts was very much visible on their faces.
Cricket Australia have been made aware of the possibility of Smith participating in global T20 tournament next month and they are fully supportive of their former captain if he does decide to confirm his participation. The T20 tournament will feature in all 6 teams with 4 Canadian players in each squad. All the matches in the tournament will be held at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, 40km north of downtown Toronto. One team, in particular, will consist of only West Indian players apart from the 4 Canadians in the squad.
The six competing teams are Caribbean All-Stars, Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Ottawa Royals, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks. Players who are interested in participating in the tournament can register only prior to the May 26th draft, which will decide the final 6 squads to take part in the 19-day tournament.
The tournament will be a historic one in cricket, given that this will be the first ICC approved T20 tournament organised by an associate nation in North America.
David Warner and Cameron Bancroft set to play in Club cricket in Australia
In the trio of David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith, the former captain was the last whose future was still up in the air with the other two almost guaranteed club cricket in the next few months. Bancroft will take part in Western Australia’s Premier Cricket competition after the Cricket Council of that region voted 14-2 in favour of allowing the youngster to play.
David Warner, whose international career looks as good as over at this point might play a few games for Randwick Petersham club after their president revealed that they has received confirmation from Warner regarding his availability. Unlike, Smith, the big-hitting opener has been banned for life from ever captaining the Australian national team.
WATCH: Smith breaks down during an emotional press conference