Former Australia captain Steve Smith, who is currently serving a one-year ban from the international cricket and Australian domestic cricket after indulging in a ball-tampering controversy against South Africa, has chosen to play for Comilla Victorians in the upcoming edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
It is being reported that Smith will be available for the second half of the tournament and will join the team mid-January as a replacement for experienced Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik.
Head coach of Victorian, Mohammad Salahuddin, confirmed the news that they indeed have signed Smith for the second phase of the tournament and the Australian cricketer will join the team after the first four matches in Dhaka.
“The balance of the team will be better now. We needed an experienced batsman in the side, who can play in any given condition. We needed someone who would understand the game situation and can control the game. Smith was a perfect option for us.”
The 29-year-old player will arrive after the departure of Shoaib Malik, who will be available for the first four matches only, as he will be joining the Men in Green ahead of the series against South Africa.
This will be the third league, after Canada’s Global T20 and the Caribbean Premier League, that Smith will be a part of since the ban was imposed.
Interestingly, Smith’s deputy David Warner, who is also serving a one-year ban from international and Australian domestic cricket for indulging in the same controversy, will also be playing the next edition of BPL. The explosive batsman will be playing for Sylhet Sixers.
Smith and Warner will return to the international circuit on March 29, next year while Cameron Bancroft’s suspension ends on December 29 this year.
The sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will begin from January 5, 2019, in Dhaka.
About the Author
Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar