Steve Smith could return to cricket before the conclusion of his 12-month ban for his involvement in ball-tampering to play in a Canada-based T20 tournament.
According to Cricket.com.au, Smith’s camp have been approached by organisers of the Toronto-based tournament.
The tournament will take place at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club between 28 June and 16 July, and will consist of six teams, with a compulsory quota of four Canadian players per squad.
The six teams are Caribbean All-Stars, Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Ottawa Royals, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks.
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Sources also understand that Cricket Australia are in support of their former skipper playing in the competition.
There is said to be one team full of West Indians while other teams will be looking to fill up their numbers with a majority of other national foreign players.
Interested players can register online and from that pool of players, a draft will be held on 26 May.
The other two banned members, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner, are also set to make a return to cricket. Bancroft – who is serving a nine-month ban – was granted special dispensation to play in Western Australia’s Premier Cricket competition after the Western Australia District Cricket Council voted 14-2 in favour of him playing in the next summer season. Former Australia vice-captain Warner has been cleared to play grade cricket.