Disgraced Australia captain Steve Smith joins Caribbean Premier League despite international suspension
- Steve Smith has signed with the Barbados Tridents to replace Shakib Al Hasan
- Australia captain is serving a 12-month ban after the ball-tampering scandal
- He recently participated in a Twenty20 competition in Canada
Suspended Australia captain Steve Smith has signed with the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League as a replacement for Shakib Al Hasan.
Smith is serving a 12-month ban imposed by Cricket Australia for his role in a ball-tampering scandal during a Test series in South Africa in March that plunged his national team into disarray.
The world’s No 1-ranked Test batsman is barred from playing first-class cricket for his country or his province but is allowed to play at club level and recently participated in a Twenty20 competition in Canada.
Steve Smith has signed with the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League
The Barbados Tridents announced Smith’s signing on Wednesday for the August 8-September 16 CPL, a six-team franchise-based Twenty20 league that launched in 2013.
Tridents coach Robin Singh says it was a setback to lose Bangladesh all-rounder Al Hasan ‘but in Steve Smith we have a truly world-class replacement who can help to bring power to our batting lineup.’
The Tridents open against Guyana’s Amazon Warriors on August 12 and will play Jamacia’s Tallawahs in Lauderhill, before returning to Barbados for five games.
Smith is serving a 12-month ban imposed for his role in a ball-tampering scandal