Smith to make shock cricket comeback in Canada

Aaron Bunch
Smith to make shock cricket comeback in Canada

Steve Smith's comeback to cricket has begun, with the suspended former Australia skipper being named as a marquee player in Canada's T20 league.

Smith will join fellow international stars, including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi in the six-team tournament beginning on June 28, according to cricket.com.au.

The 28-year-old was stripped of the captaincy and handed a 12-month suspension from international cricket for his role in the Cape Town Test ball-tampering scandal in March.

Smith admitted having knowledge of the plan but failed to stop Cameron Bancroft using sandpaper to tamper with the ball on the third day of the third Test against South Africa.

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Smith will soon be back playing cricket. Pic: Getty

Smith's also banned for two years from him holding a leadership position within the Australian team and 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

The ban for breaching Cricket Australia's code of conduct extended to state matches but permitted Smith to play domestic tournaments outside Australia.

The Global T20 Canada consists of five Canadian teams and a Cricket West Indies representative team, made up entirely of players from the Caribbean.

A draft to determine who plays where will be held next week.

Tainted Australian cricketer Steve Smith, like his teammates David Warner and Cameron Bancroft could make a return to the cricket field before his 12 month suspension is over. Smith, it is understood, could return to the game next month in Canada as part of the Global T20 Canada tournament.

Bancroft, along with former vice-captain David Warner, have also begun their comebacks after also being suspended over the scandal.

Former Test opener Bancroft, who is serving a nine-month suspension, will play for WA club side Willetton next season.

Meanwhile, Warner - banned for 12 months - is committed to play a handful of Sydney grade cricket matches with Randwick Petersham.