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David Warner to play for St Lucia Stars in CPL 2018

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Former Australia vice-captain will replace D’Arcy Short for the sixth edition of the tournament.

David Warner has signed up with St Lucia Stars for Caribbean Premier League 2018.

The 31-year-old, currently serving a ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in March, will replace fellow Australian D’Arcy Short, who became unavailable for the franchise after he was called up to the Australia A squad for their tour of India in August and September.

The sixth edition of CPL is set to begin on 8 August and will go on till 16 September, with St Lucia clashing against Trinbago Knight Riders in the opening fixture.

Steve Smith and David Warner are both serving 12-month bans
Steve Smith and David Warner are both serving 12-month bans

“We are excited to bring David to the Saint Lucia Stars,” said Mohammad Khan, the St Lucia general manager. “David is arguably one of the greatest batsman of the modern era and a winning player. He is going to add a lot of value on the field and in the dressing room as we pursue our first CPL title.”

Warner, along with former Australia captain Steve Smith, received a 12-month ban from Cricket Australia for attempting to alter the conditions of the ball during the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March. Cameron Bancroft was also banned by CA for nine months.

The development is the latest in Warner’s attempts to stay involved with cricket since being banned. He is set to return to the field during the Global T20 Canada League later in June, having signed up with Winnipeg Hawks.

The former Australia vice-captain is also set to play a part of the grade cricket season with Sydney-based Randwick Petersham this year, and has signed up to play in Northern Territory Cricket’s Strike League, which includes both T20 and one-day games in Darwin.

Warner has played in T20 tournaments the world over, but this will be his first appearance in the CPL. The last time he was in the Caribbean, Warner scored 109 in an ODI against South Africa in 2016.

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