Comilla Victorians have picked Steve Smith for the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League. The former Australian skipper will replace Shoaib Malik in the side. Malik will be on national duty mid-way into the tournament with Pakistan set to clash with New Zealand.

Steven Smith with Pat Cummins. (Picture Source – Getty)

The 29-year-old is currently serving a 12-month ban imposed by Cricket Australia. He along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were found guilty of ball tampering .

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The incident occurred against South Africa in Cape Town earlier this year. Since then, the trio didn’t take part in any international fixtures for the national side. Smith and Warner have turned out for their respective club sides in the domestic circuit. They have also taken part in franchise cricket.

Steven Smith, Big Bash League, Cricket Australia
Steven Smith. Credit: Getty Images

Steve Smith set to play in BPL

Smith has played in Canada’s Global T20 and Caribbean Premier League. He has also signed up to play in the Pakistan Super League. Smith’s ex deputy Warner will also be seen in action in BPL. The southpaw will play for Sylhet Sixers. The duo’s ban from international cricket ends on March 29, 2019.

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“It would’ve been great to see the guys play some domestic cricket in the back half of the season but we’ve got to respect CA’s decision on that and for the original ban to stand,” Aaron Finch, the country’s limited overs skipper said earlier last week.

Steven Smith, David Warner
Steven Smith and David Warner. Getty Images.

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Depleted Australia missing Steve Smith, David Warner’s service

There were quite a lot of talks about the board cutting short the length of ban imposed on the players. But after discussion, the board decided uphold the ban placed by CA via the code of conduct in March. Since new coach Justin Langer took over, Australia ,managed to win just 5 out of their 21 games across all three formats. Clearly. there were calls to bring back the veterans in order to stabilize the situation.

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