Banned from international cricket for ball tampering scandal, former Australia captain Steve Smith is set to play the Bangladesh Premier League, Comilla Victorians declared on Tuesday. In a chat with news agency AFP, Comilla side announced that the banned cricketer will be part of the forthcoming edition of the T20.
Victorians coach Mohammad Salahuddin told AFP, “He will come after (the) first four matches in (the) Dhaka phase and join the team in (the northeastern city of) Sylhet.”
“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,” Salahuddin said.
The coach also informed that Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik will not be playing the tournament as it was announced. “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,” he said.
If reports are anything to go by, former Australia vice-captain David Warner will also play the Bangladesh Premier League for Sylhet Sixers. The T20 league will kick off on January 5 and will conclude on February 8.
If Smith turns out for the Comilla team, it will be the former Aussie skipper’s third such tournament after the Canada’s Global T20 and the Caribbean Premier League. He was handed a one-year ban for his role in the ball tampering scandal in March this year. The prolific batsman will also take part in the Pakistan Super League which is expected to be held in February and March next year.