Steve Smith set to represent Barbados Tridents in Caribbean Premier League
David Warner, Smith's Australian teammate, will also take part in the CPL.
Updated - Jul 25, 2018 12:46 pm
Tainted Australian cricketer Steve Smith is likely to play for the Barbados Tridents in the upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League. The contract needs approval from the CPL’s tournament committee, however, it’s nothing, but a mere formality. Meanwhile, the signing may take place even this week. It has also been learned that Smith will join the Tridents as a replacement player.
He is in the middle of a turbulent phase in his cricketing career. Back in March, he was banned for his involvement in his the shambolic ball-tampering debacle, which tarnished the reputation of Australian cricket to a significant extent. Last month, Smith made a return to competitive cricket as he represented the Toronto Nationals led by Darren Sammy in the inaugural edition of the Global Canada T20.
Warner vs Smith on August 17
The New South Wales-born cricketer showed impressive form having scored 167 runs in six matches at an average of 33.40. He also notched a couple of half-centuries against Vancouver Knights and Windies B team. Meanwhile, David Warner, another of the tainted cricketers in the South Africa-scandal, will make his debut in the CPL and will ply his trade for the St Lucia Stars as per reports in www.stuff.co.nz.
Warner is currently playing for the City Cyclones in the NT Strike League. Cameron Bancroft, who was also banned in the Cape Town-fiasco, is representing the Desert Blaze in the same tournament. Meanwhile, the opening match of next edition’s CPL is scheduled to be played between the Trinbago Knight Riders and the St Lucia Stars at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad.
The Knight Riders are the defending champions and they would be hoping to carry over their form from the erstwhile season. Warner and Smith will most probably face each other when the Stars and Tridents lock horns on Friday, August 17 at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia.
Here’s what Moody tweeted after hearing the news
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) July 25, 2018