Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

St Lucia Stars sign Warner for CPL 2018

St Lucia Stars sign Warner for CPL 2018

Warner, who's three months into a one-year Cricket Australia ban for his role in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, will replace compatriot D'Arcy Short at the St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean Twenty20 competition.

"We are excited to bring David to the Saint Lucia Stars", said Stars general manager Mohammad Khan. He further added his expectations of Warner adding value to the dressing room and on the field as well. Opening batsman, Bancroft, was handed a ban of nine months and he is eligible for selection in the national side from the last week of December this year.

The bans prevent the trio from playing at worldwide or state level, as well as in the Big Bash, but allow them to play local third-tier cricket and in overseas T20 tournaments.

Warner is now into the third month of a one-year ban handed to him by Cricket Australia for his part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, but has started to make his way back into competitive cricket.

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Defender Ali Gabr is also expected to be available after having recovered from a facial injury he picked up while training.

The upcoming season of the T20 league kicks off on August 8 with Trinbago Knight Riders, the defending champions, taking on St Lucia Stars.

Following the Canadian league, Warner, along with Bancroft, will play in Darwin's limited-overs Strike League.

Warner has played in T20 tournaments around the world including the IPL and the Aussie Big Bash, but this will be his first appearance in the CPL. The month-long tournament will also feature fellow Aussies Shane Watson and Chris Lynn, apart from other foreign stars like Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and Imran Tahir.

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