Not just Steven Smith but Lasith Malinga was also named in the list of marquee players for the proposed Global T20 Canada league, beginning June 28, 2018.
Smith, who is serving a 12-month ban for his part in the recent ball tampering incident has been permitted to play in domestic leagues outside Australia.
Lasith Malinga has the opportunity to return to form before the One Day International series against South Africa in July 2018. However, the selectors have shown no signs of picking the 34-year old who last played for Sri Lanka in September 2017.
Malinga is expected to join Chris Lynn, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, David Miller and Dwayne Bravo for the month-long tournament.
Global T20 Canada will comprise of six teams, five from Canadian cities and one from the West Indies. The West Indian team will have players only from the Caribbean as part of an official partnership with CWI.
Global T20 Canada Teams
Edmonton Royals, Montreal Tigers, Toronto Nationals, Vancouver Knights, Winnipeg Hawks and Cricket West Indies.
“Global T20 Canada marks the first time a nation with associate member status is launching a league – a major step forward in cricket’s global development. Canadian cricket fans will have a great opportunity to see up close many of the world’s greatest players, and I’d like to thank International Cricket Council, CWI and the international cricket community for their guidance and support in growing cricket in Canada,” said Ranjit Saini, President, Cricket Canada.
David Warner is also tipped to play in the tournament but the player is yet to confirm his participation.
The league will comprise 22 matches, all scheduled to be played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club. The official player draft will take place on the 31st of May. The Championship match will be played on July 16.
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