Banned Australian cricketers Smith, Warner set for Global T20 Canada

Los Angeles: Despite their year-long bans, Steve Smith and David Warner on Sunday were drafted for the Global T20 Canada event starting June 28.

While the former Australia captain Smith was already picked as a marquee player for the inaugural edition of the event, Warner was selected in the third round of the draft by the Winnipeg Hawks, who also selected Dwayne Bravo and David Miller in the first and second rounds.

Smith was taken in the second round by the Toronto Nationals, where he’ll play alongside West Indian stars like Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard.

Smith was sacked after the third Test against South Africa in March, later accepting a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the sport.

Warner, who was the vice-captain, was also banned for 12 months and Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

The Canadian tournament will also feature teams representing Edmonton, Montreal, and Vancouver, along with a Caribbean side.

It runs from June 28-July 15 at Maple Leafe Cricket Club near Toronto.