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Former Australia captain Steve Smith has signed with the Barbados Tridents for the upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Smith will replace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan since he will no longer be available for the tournament, which runs from August 8 to September 16.
“It is a huge blow to lose Shakib for the tournament but in Steve Smith we have a truly world-class replacement who can help to bring power to our batting lineup,” Tridents head coach Robin Singh was quoted as saying by the CPL website. “As a man who has played cricket at the highest level all over the world we are very confident that Smith will be a big success with the Tridents.”
Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all indicted in a ball tampering incident during Australia’s tour of South Africa earlier this year. As a result, Smith and Warner were banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia while Bancroft was suspended for nine months.
In addition to this, Smith will not be permitted to captain Australia for two years, while Warner won’t be considered for leadership roles ever again.
Smith has featured in 30 Twenty20 Internationals and scored 431 runs, which includes two half-centuries, at an average of 21.55.