Steve Smith among marquee players for Canada T20 League

Steve Smith

Batsman Cameron Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban for the tampering incident.

Smith admitted to knowing about a plan for Cameron Bancroft to use sandpaper to tamper with the ball and failed to stop it during the third Test against South Africa in March. The West Indian team will have players only from the Caribbean as part of an official partnership with CWI.

Smith has been locked in as a marquee signing for the fledgling Global T20 Canada League, with Warner hoping to join him if he gets picked up at a draft for the tournament to be held on Tuesday.

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

Smith, who was sacked as captain and banned for a year over a ball-tampering plot, has been cleared to play in domestic tournaments outside Australia by its cricket governing body. The T20 tournament will start next month from June 28.

While the former Australia captain can't play worldwide or first-class cricket in his country, the ban doesn't extend to club cricket or global leagues - although his Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals chose to drop him for the 2018 edition.

Among the ten marquee players announced to take things off, Steve Smith is the name that pops out in the list.

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He has been allowed to play in Western Australia's premier cricket league.

Edmonton Royals, Montreal Tigers, Toronto Nationals, Vancouver Knights, Winnipeg Hawks and Cricket West Indies.

"I would like to wish Global T20 Canada much success. We support Cricket Canada and look forward to working even closer going forward, so congratulations and all the best to Cricket Canada and Mercuri Group".

The competition will have 22 matches ending in playoffs and the championship game on July 16.

"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, Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the international cricket community for their guidance and support in growing cricket in Canada".

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