After being denied to participate in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), Big Bash League and England’s T20 Blast – the tainted Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner finally found their takers in the beautiful Caribbean Islands. After making an appearance in the Global T20 league in Canada, both Smith and Warner will next be seen in action in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which starts on August 8. Also Read - MI vs CSK 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket Tips Dream11 IPL 2020: Pitch Report, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings T20 Match 1 at Abu Dhabi 7.30 PM IST Saturday, September 19
Smith will play for franchise Barbados Tridents while explosive Warner will unleash his power for St Lucia Stars. The banned Aussie skipper has replaced the unavailable Shakib Al Hasan for the Tridents, while Warner has replaced his countrymate D’Arcy Short in the Stars’ squad. Also Read - Dream11 IPL 2020 Opening Ceremony: Why There Will Not be be One Ahead of MI vs CSK Opener
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.
Tridents coach Robin Singh said: “It is a huge blow to lose Shakib for the tournament but, in Steve Smith, we have a truly world-class replacement who can help to bring power to our batting line-up.
Apart from Smith and Warner, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, South Africa veteran Hashim Amla and Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz are among the other internationals who will feature in the sixth edition of the event.
Earlier, the ban on Smith and Warner didn’t allow the duo to take part in the eleventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued strict guidelines against them.