Tainted Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner are likely to make their Premier Cricket return this summer on September 22, according to Cricket Australia’s official website.
The former Australia skipper Smith along with his deputy Warner and Cameron Bancroft are currently serving bans for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March this year.
In the wake of the scandal, Cricket Australia had slapped lengthy bans on the trio. While Smith and Warner received one-year ban each, Bancroft was docked with a nine-month suspension. Smith also had to give up his captaincy. The trio was banned from playing international and first-class cricket for their states.
However, CA had made it clear the forbidden trio would be allowed to play grade cricket. As a result, Smith, and Warner made their return to field through the inaugural Global T20 Canada league. Smith and Warner are currently playing in the Caribbean Premier League. On the other hand, Warner and Bancroft have played in the NT Strike League in Darwin.
Smith’s Sutherland is set to host Mosman at Glenn McGrath Oval in Caringbah. On the other hand, Warner’s Randwick-Petersham will face St George at Coogee Oval.
However, the availability of Smith and Warner is not finalised yet. But the report claimed that the duo is likely will play the opening rounds and a solid chunk of the season.
“It’s nice to hear people supporting you,” said Smith. “
Both Sutherland and Randwick-Petersham will play back-to-back home games to start their campaign. Smith and Warner could come face to face in Round 5 on November 10.