Steve Smith reminisce the sorrowful times when he was suspended
Smith will represent the Toronto Nationals in the inaugural Global T20 Canada league.
Updated - Jun 4, 2018 4:44 pm
Steve Smith boasts off the most phenomenal numbers for Australia, in Test cricket among the current bunch of cricketers. His unorthodoxy captured the imaginations of many and he is touted to be a modern-day great at least in the Whites. However, fate had something else in store for the Aussie.
He was found guilty of involvement in the shambolic act of ball tampering during a Test match in South Africa. Subsequently, he was handed a ban of a year from international and domestic cricket by Cricket Australia (CA), headed by James Sutherland.
“I was really struggling”- Steve Smith
Smith, following his suspension, attended a press conference and broke down while persistently apologising for the mishap. Recently, he was anointed as a special guest at the Sydney’s Knox Grammar School’s year six and senior school assembly, as part of the students’ Gotcha 4 Life Foundation.
In the meet, he talked about the mental trauma he went through. “To be honest, I probably spent four days in tears. I was really struggling mentally and I was really lucky that I had some close friends and family members that I could speak to at all hours of the day. The people that I had supporting me through that whole time made a huge difference to the head space I am in now,” Smith mentioned.
Smith will now play for the Toronto Nationals in the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada league which starts on June 28. He will have former Australian cricketer Tom Moody as the team’s coach. The likes of Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard Kamran Akmal and Kesrick Williams are part of the team as well.
“Really excited to be a part of @gt20canada. Thanks to the Winnipeg Hawks for selecting me to play in what will be a really competitive tournament. Prep steps up this week in the nets,” the tainted cricketer said while expressing his eagerness to play the tournament.