Former Australia skipper Steve Smith was set to appear in the upcoming Global T20 Canada. But, after his ban, he will be donating his appearance fees to grassroots cricket.
The disgraced Australian batsman was supposed to be one the marquee players for the inaugural Global T20 Canada league. But now, Smith will be donating his fees to grassroots cricket in both Australia and Canada.
Smith and former vice-captain David Warner were handed a 12-month ban from all forms of cricket. This was in response to his role in the ball-tampering saga on the South African tour. Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft had been handed a nine-month suspension for the same. One thing is for sure, visiting some of the best online gambling sites will not result in such a move for anyone.
The Global T20 League is set to take place in Toronto and get underway on June 28. The month-long tournament features six teams in total including an all-Caribbean side.
With regard to team composition, each team has to field four Canadian players including an U23 cricketer. The player-draft for the teams is expected to be presented soon and Warner was rumoured to be available.
Also, as part of a deal with the organisers of the league, Smith will also be promoting the sport in the country. The Australian was said to be conducting several training camps for cricket communities.
Earlier, Cameron Bancroft and Warner’s participation has been confirmed for the NT Strike League in Darwin, a month-long T20 and ODI event featuring four franchises. That tournament is set to take place in July and will be the first involvement in any form of cricket for the pair since their suspension unless Warner is picked up in the draft for the Global T20 Canada league.