Smith to make cricket comeback in Canada

Former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith has kept a low profile since his ban from the game for his part in the

Smith, the world's number one Test batsman, was sacked and sent home in disgrace after the third Test against South Africa in March.

At the launch event for the league, called Global T20 Canada, tournament director Jason Hartman said Smith was among the confirmed signings.

The affair also led to the departure of head coach Darren Lehmann and an intense period of soul-searching among the Australian cricket community.

Smith joins Shahid Afridi, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Chris Lynn, Lasith Malinga, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Suni Narine and David Miller as the worldwide headline acts.

Smith, the world's number one Test batsman - was sacked and sent home in disgrace after the third Test against South Africa in March and accepted a 12-month ban from all global and domestic cricket by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked cricket.

He had been on a $1.9 million contract with Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals but stepped down amid the scandal.

Steve Smith's cricket comeback is on the cards sooner than expected. The sixth, a Cricket West Indies representative team, will consist entirely of players from the Caribbean, as part of an official partnership with Cricket West Indies (CWI).

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.

"I would like to wish Global T20 Canada much success". Sources have told ESPNcricinfo that players who signed up had to set a reserve price for the draft, similar to the CPL and they can not be drafted in a lower priced round than their reserve price.

The competition will have 22 matches ending in playoffs and the championship game on July 16. All matches will be held at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club near Toronto.

"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", said Ranjit Saini, President of Cricket Canada, who was quoted at the launch of the league. "Canadian cricket fans will have a great opportunity to see up close numerous 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.

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