West Indies cricket star Darren Sammy says he has no problem playing with disgraced former Australia skipper Steve Smith in the Global T20 Canada tournament, the Toronto Star has reported.
According to the publication, Sammy and Smith were the top two players drafted by the Toronto Nationals, one of six teams slated to take part in the June 28-July 15 event in King City north of Toronto.
It quoted Sammy as telling a media conference call on Monday that everyone has made mistakes in life and not just sports.
The Saint Lucian cricket star described Steve Smith as an amazing cricketer.
“Someone I would have on my team any day.”
“Obviously as captain of a national team you have certain responsibilities that you have to own up for the team. And I was commended by his efforts in taking responsibility for his actions on the field. Look, we are all not saints. I’m just happy to have a player of such calibre on my team,” Sammy told the media conference.
Smith and fellow Aussie cricketer David Warner, the third pick of the Winnipeg Hawks, have been banned by Cricket Australia for a year for their involvement in a high-profile ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.
Along with Cameron Bancroft, who was suspended for nine months, the two are banned from all international cricket and domestic cricket in Australia but can still play at the club level elsewhere.