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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 19 July 2018

Australia's David Warner to play in Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament

Opener banned from playing international or state cricket due to role in ball-tampering scandal during Test against South Africa in March

Opening batsman David Warner received a 12-month ban from playing for Australia. Nic Bothma / EPA
Opening batsman David Warner received a 12-month ban from playing for Australia. Nic Bothma / EPA

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

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 teammate 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.

"We are excited to bring David to the Saint Lucia Stars. David is arguably one of the greatest batsman of the modern era and a winning player," Stars general manager Mohammed Khan said.

"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 plundered 109 in a ODI against South Africa in 2016.