After spending some time travelling around the United States in a bid to clear his head after the ball-tampering scandal that resulted in his year long suspension from international cricket, Steve Smith may be about to head back to North America to resume his cricketing career.
As T20 cricket continues to expand in popularity across the globe, Canada is the latest convert to the appeal of shortened form of the game.
It is understood, as per cricket.com.au, that Smith has been approached by organisers of the Global T20 Canada tournament with the hope that the former Australian skipper will agree to feature in the six-team competition which will be staged from June 28 to July 16.
The six competing teams are Caribbean All-Stars, Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Ottawa Royals, Vancouver Knights, and Winnipeg Hawks.
The International Cricket Council sanctioned the league in February, making it the first sanctioned T20 competition organised by an Associate nation in North America.
The 28-year-old Smith was riding the crest of a wave last winter as he led Australia to a crushing victory over England to reclaim the Ashes, scoring an avalanche of runs in the progress that even led to some tentative comparisons with the great Sir Don Bradman.
His world was to unravel in spectacular fashion in March, however, as his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal in a Test against South Africa in Capetown led to one of the most dramatic fallouts in cricketing history.
As tears flowed and suspensions were handed out, it almost seemed that we may have seen the end of one of the most extraordinary, if brief, careers in cricketing history.
However, time can heal many wounds and while his Capetown collaborators Cameron Bancroft and David Warner have been plotting their comebacks later this year with a return to the relative anonymity of grade cricket at their respective clubs, perhaps an outing in the relative cricketing backwater of Toronto is just what Smith needs to reacquaint himself once again with the game he loves.
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