Steve Smith and David Warner selected in Global T20 Canada draft

Ruben Hill
June 5, 2018

David Warner's return to cricket has been locked in after being drafted to play for Winnipeg Hawks in the inaugural Global T20 tournament in Canada. Disgraced former Australia skipper, Steve Smith, will feature for the franchise after being selected in the second round.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Smith as saying: "To be honest, I probably spent four days in tears".

The Twenty20 event, which runs June 28-July 15, will be Warner and Smith's first taste of competitive cricket since the ball-tampering saga derailed their careers.

Smith, who is serving a one-year ban following his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa, was a special guest at Sydney's Knox Grammar School's year six and senior school assembly, as part of the students' Gotcha 4 Life Foundation.

Smith continues to train in private, doing some work in the nets with the help of his dad. "I was really struggling mentally", Smith told the assembled crowd during a discussion about mental health.

Following the incident, Smith, along with David Warner, was handed down a 12-month ban, while Cameron Bancroft was handed a nine-month penalty.

Warner will hit the track, gym and nets this month during some sessions with NSW, who returned to work on Monday following their off-season break.

While Warner took part in the New South Wales squad's 2km time trial to start their pre-season training schedule, Smith is expected to keep training privately before making the trip to Toronto, for a tournament where he will donate his fees to community cricket projects in Canada and Australia.

The Canadian league was sanctioned by ICC earlier this year.

Dwayne is coming off a successful season in the IPL where he helped Chennai Super Kings to the title while, who has not played for West Indies in almost two years following a squabble with Cricket West Indies, is an elegant left-hander who is relatively new to the global domestic leagues.

Smith was picked in the second round, after West Indian star Darren Sammy became the first-round choice.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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