Smith set for Pakistan Super League
Steve Smith looks set to play in the Twenty20 tournament in March next year
4 October 2018, 05:52 PM AEST
Former Australia captain Steve Smith will continue his comeback to cricket at the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) competition.
Smith nominated for the PSL draft on Thursday and looks set to feature in the Twenty20 showcase that runs from February 14 to March 17 next year.
The Australian hasn't played for his country since the infamous Cape Town Test against South Africa in March, but recently featured in the Canadian Global T20 League and for Sydney Premier Cricket side Sutherland.
Smith received a 12-month ban for his part in the ball tampering controversy earlier this year and cannot officially return to playing state, Big Bash and national level cricket until March 29 next year.
His likely appearance in the PSL should help his quest to return to the Australia side in time for the 2019 World Cup and Ashes series in England.
Smith isn't the only international star set to feature in the PSL next year, with South Africa batter AB de Villiers also nominating for the Twenty20 tournament on Thursday.
The inclusion of Smith and de Villiers will add an international feel to a competition that dynamic Australia batter Chris Lynn and veteran Shane Watson have already committed to.
International players also committed to the showpiece include West Indies trio Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine and New Zealand duo Brendon McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan.