Shane Watson and Steven Smith © Getty Images (file image)
Shane Watson and Steven Smith © Getty Images (file image)

Steven Smith and David Warner are playing in the Canada Global T20 tournament for Toronto Nationals and Winnipeg Hawks respectively. Smith and Warner are currently banned from international and domestic cricket because of the ball-tampering incident at South Africa. Yesterday, Smith made a promising comeback smashing, 61 in 41 balls in a 6-wicket victory over the Vancouver Knights. However, Shane Watson is of the opinion that the duo should promote Australia‘s Big Bash League and not other tournaments around the world.

“The thing that just disappoints me about the whole situation is now Steve Smith and Dave Warner are over promoting other tournaments by playing in them. I understand the rulings that happened at Cricket Australia, the 12-month bans and all the stipulations they put around that. But for them to have the opportunity to go and promote other tournaments, I’d prefer if they’re going to do that and have access to do that they have access to promote the Big Bash, for example,” Watson told AAP.

“At the moment we’ve got a few world-class players and we’ll continue to discover those but they don’t just fall out of trees. That’s why Steve and Dave are such an integral part to Australian cricket, especially in the shorter format as well with the World Cup coming up,” he added.