Steve Smith is currently serving a 12-month suspension for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa this year. @ AFP
Steve Smith is currently serving a 12-month suspension for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa this year. @ AFP

Former Australia skipper Steve Smith, currently serving a suspension for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March this year, has been nominated for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Draft on Thursday.

According to cricket.com.au, Smith, who recently featured in the Canadian Global T20 League and in the Sydney Premier Cricket side Sutherland, is all set to feature in the PSL next year that begins on February 14.

Smith’s 12-month suspension ends on March 29 next year after which he will return to playing for state, Big Bash League and national level cricket. His performance in the PSL next year will further his cause for a comeback to the Australian team, which would be a timely one ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

Apart from Smith, former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has also been nominated for the draft. Other names in the competition that’s fast growing include Australia allrounder Chris Lynn, veteran Shane Watson, West Indies trio of Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, and New Zealand duo, Brendon McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan.