Steve Smith is all set to play his second T20 tournament after being banned by Cricket Australia for his involvement in ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year. Smith will represent Barbados Tridents, replacing Shakib Al Hasan after the Bangladesh all-rounder is no longer available for the tournament.
"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 coach Robin Singh said. "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."
After Smith was banned by Cricket Australia in March, he returned to competitive cricket in June to represent Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada tournament. Smith featured in six innings, scoring 167 runs with two fifties at an average of 33.40 and strike rate of 119.28.
Tridents had an unimpressive season last year when they finished second-last with four wins from 10 matches. Tridents will be starting their CPL 2018 campaign against Guyana Amazon Warriors on August 13.