Steve Smith Returns To Cricket In First Canadian Game On Friday

It'll be the former Aussie captain's first game back after ball tampering scandal.

Disgraced former Australian captain Steve Smith will return to competitive cricket on Friday, as he takes to the field for a Twenty20 tournament in Canada.

Smith, banned by Cricket Australia from playing for playing for his country for 12 months over the sandpapergate ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, will return to the game with the Toronto Nationals.

"People make mistakes and everyone should try to move on from this situation."

He'll join team-mates Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard to face the Vancouver Knights on Thursday night in Canada (early Friday morning AEST) in the opening game of the Global T20 tournament.

Smith's former vice-captain David Warner, also banned by Cricket Australia, is also to play in the Canadian competition, contracted to the Winnipeg Hawks.

In a video posted on the GT20 website, Smith said he was looking forward to returning to the game, but appeared to not be super confident about the name of the competition.

"Really exciting. Obviously it's the inaugural GT20, I think it's called," Smith said, a look of mild confusion on his face.

"Great to be here in Toronto and excited about getting started in this tournament."

Smith said he was looking forward to playing with Pollard and Sammy, as well as a smattering of local Canadian players.

Other big names in the GT20 tournament include Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi, as well as fellow Aussies in Peter Siddle and Moises Henriques.

While Smith and Warner have been under huge scrutiny since their role in the ball-tampering scandal was uncovered, West Indian star Gayle -- himself no stranger to controversy -- backed the pair playing in the Canadian tournament.

"They already paid a penalty for what they've done, and just get on with their lives," he said.

"People make mistakes and everyone should try to move on from this situation."