David Warner at his first press conference a week after the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town
The ex-Australia vice-captain and captain were banned from official international and domestic cricket for 12 months by Cricket Australia in March, for their role in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. While Warner has been involved in community cricket projects since then, he has not been part of any competitive cricket.
Warner will turn out for the Winnipeg Hawks in the tournament that runs from June 28 to July 15, while Smith – a marquee player – will play for Toronto Nationals. After this tournament, Warner has committed to playing cricket in Australia’s Northern Territory along with Cameron Bancroft, the third player to be banned during the scandal. They will play in Darwin’s limited-overs Strike League, with Bancroft committing to playing the entire tournament while Warner will play two games.
The Global T20 Canada will take place at Maple Leaf Cricket Club located in King City, Ontario, a small rural village 25 miles north of downtown Toronto. Apart from Smith and Warner, some other high-profile internationals taking part include Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi, Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga, and West Indian T20 superstars Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo.