CPL 2018: Australian cricketer David Warner, suspended from international cricket has been drafted by St Lucia Stars for the ongoing Caribbean Premier League 2018. In a match between the Stars against Guyana Amazon Warriors, David Warner batting on 11 was given out leg before wicket after he attempted to play a reverse sweep of Imran Tahir.
Replays showed the ball had a connection with the bat, yet the umpire raised his finger. The decision shocked Warner, who sulked and got agitated about being given out. Once he was given out, Imran Tahir started off his trademark sprint to rub salt in the wound.
Earlier, chasing 142 runs Stars got off to a slow start as openers Warner and Andre Fletcher also struggled up front to get going in the powerplay. Warner was, who in order to get on top of the bowler attempted the high percentage shot of the second ball of Tahir’s spell. They eventually lost the match but the decision fans believe could have changed the outcome.
Despite the slow start, Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard got them back on track. They put on 83 runs for the third wicket in less than 10 overs.
Rayad Emrit was the pick of the Warriors bowlers, he returned with the amazing figures of 3/26 in his four overs as Guyana restricted Stars to 138 runs.
Meanwhile, Smith will play for franchise Barbados Tridents.
Captain Smith and vice-captain Warner were each handed 12-month suspensions by Cricket Australia for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test in South Africa. Along with the duo, opener Cameron Bancroft was also banned for six months for his involvement in the controversy.
However, the suspension does not stop the pair playing in various domestic tournaments around the world. Ahead of CPL, both the Australian players were a part of the inaugural Global T20 Canada, where Warner also led Winnipeg Hawks. Smith played for Toronto Nationals.