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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Smith signs on to play in Bangladesh


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Former Australian Test cricket captain Steve Smith has reportedly signed on to play in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Smith has been playing in various leagues around the world since Cricket Australia enforced a 12-month ban on the star batsman for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in March in South Africa.

After CA announced earlier this month that they would uphold the suspension despite a plea from the Australian Cricketers Association, Smith has moved on an opportunity in the Bangladesh T20 competition.

The Comilla Victorians coach Mohammad Salahuddin told AFP that Smith will join the team after the new year for the second phase of the BPL, replacing Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.

"He will come after first four matches in Dhaka phase and join the team in [the northeastern city of] Sylhet," Salahuddin said.

"Shoaib Malik won't be able to play for the whole tournament. He will play in the first round and Steve will join after that.

"The balance of the team will be better. I needed an experienced batsman in the team. We needed a batsman who would understand the game situation and control the game."

Smith trains with Aussie quicks

Banned ex-Aussie vice captain David Warner is also set to play in the BPL, signing with the Sylhet Sixers. 

For Smith, it is his fourth T20 tournament appearance abroad after featuring in competitions in Canada and in the Caribbean, as well as playing Sydney grade cricket for Sutherland. He will also play in Pakistan in February and March.

Two weeks after the end of that tournament, Smith and Warner's suspension from international and domestic cricket will be over, and they will again be available for selection in the national team in time for the Ashes and the World Cup.

Warner however will never again be given a captaincy or leadership position within the Australian cricket team for being deemed the main player in the ball-tampering scandal at Cape Town.

Former Australian Test cricket captain Steve Smith has reportedly signed on to play in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Smith has been playing in various leagues around the world since Cricket Australia enforced a 12-month ban on the star batsman for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in March in South Africa.

After CA announced earlier this month that they would uphold the suspension despite a plea from the Australian Cricketers Association, Smith has moved on an opportunity in the Bangladesh T20 competition.

The Comilla Victorians coach Mohammad Salahuddin told AFP that Smith will join the team after the new year for the second phase of the BPL, replacing Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.

"He will come after first four matches in Dhaka phase and join the team in [the northeastern city of] Sylhet," Salahuddin said.

"Shoaib Malik won't be able to play for the whole tournament. He will play in the first round and Steve will join after that.

"The balance of the team will be better. I needed an experienced batsman in the team. We needed a batsman who would understand the game situation and control the game."

Smith trains with Aussie quicks

Banned ex-Aussie vice captain David Warner is also set to play in the BPL, signing with the Sylhet Sixers. 

For Smith, it is his fourth T20 tournament appearance abroad after featuring in competitions in Canada and in the Caribbean, as well as playing Sydney grade cricket for Sutherland. He will also play in Pakistan in February and March.

Two weeks after the end of that tournament, Smith and Warner's suspension from international and domestic cricket will be over, and they will again be available for selection in the national team in time for the Ashes and the World Cup.

Warner however will never again be given a captaincy or leadership position within the Australian cricket team for being deemed the main player in the ball-tampering scandal at Cape Town.

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