David Warner agrees to join St Lucia Stars for 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League

Australian batsman David Warner has agreed to join St Lucia Stars for the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The 31-year-old is banned from playing international or state cricket due to his role in the ball-tampering scandal during Australia’s Test against South Africa at Newlands in March.

Warner, along with fellow banned team-mate Cameron Bancroft, has already agreed to play grade cricket as well as a limited-overs tournament in Darwin in July.

Now he will participate in the CPL for the first time after replacing fellow Australian D’Arcy Short, who has been called up for Australia A’s tour of India, in the Stars line-up.

Stars general manager Mohammad Khan said: “We are excited to bring David to the Saint Lucia Stars. David is arguably one of the greatest batsmen 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 Hero CPL Title.”

The last time Warner played in the Caribbean he scored 109 runs in a ODI against South Africa in 2016.

Warner is currently serving a one-year ban – along with Steve Smith, who was also stripped of the captaincy – for his part in the scandal in South Africa, while Bancroft is suspended for nine months.

The bans prevent the trio from playing at international or state level, as well as in the Big Bash, but allow them to play local third-tier cricket and in overseas T20 tournaments.

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