Steve Smith Is Returning To Cricket In Canada's T20 League

Smith has been named a marquee player in the Canadian T20 League.

What you need to know
  • Steve Smith has been named a marquee player in the Canadian T20 cricket
  • Smith is allowed to play domestic leagues in other countries despite being banned in Australia
  • The event will start in late June

Steve Smith's cricket comeback is on the cards sooner than expected.

The former Australian cricket captain has been named a marquee player in the Canadian T20 League. The competition is due to start on June 28.

Smith was suspended from cricket for 12 months for his role in the ball-tampering scandal during the third test against South Africa in April this year. Cricket Australia, however, has allowed Smith to play in domestic leagues outside Australia.

List of marquee players. Image: Facebook/GT20 Canada.

Smith will join fellow Aussie Chris Lynn and other international stars including former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Shahid Afridi and Lasith Malinga as marquee players in the competition.

The month-long Global T20 Canada competition will consist of six teams, five heralding from Canadian cities. These include Edmonton Royals, Montreal Tigers, Toronto Nationals, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks. The sixth team will be a Caribbean side.

Steve Smith and his former vice-captain David Warner were given 12 month suspensions from Cricket Australia for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. Batsman Cameron Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban for his participation in the incident.