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The two are set to return to the field to participate in the inaugural Global T20 league in Canada.

Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith will return to action in the inaugural Global T20 league in Canada. Photo: REUTERS/Rogan Ward

David Warner is set to return to the field in Canada after Winnipeg Hawks drafted him in the third round ahead of the inaugural Global T20 Canada league.

Warner, currently serving a 12-month international ban by Cricket Australia (CA) for his role in the ball-tampering incident in South Africa in March, will line up alongside Dwayne and Darren Bravo, David Miller and fellow Australian Ben McDermott at Winnipeg.

Steve Smith, the second player banned by CA for 12 months, is also set to return to the sport in Canada, after being drafted for Toronto Nationals in the second round as a marquee player.

Warner is set to play grade cricket as well during his international suspension, and will turn out for Randwick Petersham.

He has also signed up to play in Northern Territory (NT) Cricket’s Strike League, which includes both Twenty20 and one-day games in Darwin.

Big-hitting former KZN cricketer David Miller is set to join Australian Steve Smith, who was stripped of his captaincy for cheating while on tour in South Africa earlier this year, as one of the marquee players in a global T20 Canada league. 

While Warner, Smith and Cameron Bancroft, the third player sanctioned for the incident, though for nine months, aren’t allowed to play international and first-class cricket, they have been encouraged to stay in touch with the sport through club cricket.

They are also allowed to play in leagues around the world.

The Global T20 Canada league comprises five Canadian teams and a Cricket West Indies representative team.

The tournament will begin on June 28 and span 22 matches, culminating in play-offs and a final, to be played on July 16.

 – African News Agency (ANA)