(SNO) – Former Australia vice captain and hard hitting batsman David Warner will add to the considerable firepower of the Saint Lucia Stars for the 2018 edition of the Caribbean Premier League.
Warner will make his Caribbean Premier League debut after signing on to join Daren Sammy, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons for the upcoming West Indies-based domestic tournament beginning in early August.
Warner replaces fellow big-hitting Australian D’Arcy Short, who was ruled out of the tournament after being selected in Australia A’s tour of India.
Warner, who accepted a 12-month sanction following his role in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal earlier this year, is set to make a return to cricket in Canada’s inaugural Global T20 tournament for the Winnipeg Hawks later this month alongside Steve Smith, who will also make his cricket comeback.
The 31-year-old has also committed to playing two one-day matches in the Top End as part of the NT Strike League in late July, while fellow suspended player Cameron Bancroft will play the entire tournament.
The Stars, on paper, look set to reverse their dismal performance from 2017, when they failed to win a single match.