BPL 2019: Steve Smith to turn out for Comilla Victorians
Warner will also play in the tournament.
Updated - Nov 27, 2018 9:50 pm
Comilla Victorians had a decent season in the 2017 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). They finished atop the league table with nine victories from 12 matches. However, they lost against Rangpur Riders in the second qualifier at Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The team won the tournament back in 2015, beating Barisal Bulls in the final.
In the meantime, the franchise has roped in Australian right-handed batsman Steve Smith for the upcoming season. He would join his fellow Aussie teammate David Warner, who is set to ply his trade for Sylhet Royals. Both are currently serving a one-year ban from Cricket Australia (CA), owing to the ball-tampering scandal back in March at Newlands in Cape Town.
A massive addition to the Victorians
The duo isn’t allowed to play international, Australia’s domestic cricket and Big Bash League (BBL) cricket until their suspension ends on the last week of March. The event won’t be short of stardust by any means for the reason that AB de Villiers, the former South African cricketer, would representing defending champions Rangpur Riders as per reports in www.bdcrictime.com.
After the shambolic incident in South Africa, Smith and Warner returned to the cricket pitch in the inaugural edition of the Global Canada T20 in Toronto. Thereafter, the tainted cricketers took part in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) a couple of months ago. While Warner honed his skills for St Lucia Stars, led by Kieron Pollard, Smith represented Jason Holder-captained Barbados Tridents.
The upcoming edition of the BPL is scheduled to start on Saturday, January 5 with the encounter between Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians. A total of 46 matches would be played in the T20 event. The final match will take place on Friday, February 8 in Dhaka. The drafts for the season took place last month in Dhaka where a total of 186 local and 268 foreign players went under the hammer.