BCCI has no right to terminate IPL 2018 contract of Steve Smith and David Warner, admits senior official

  • BCCI is still awaiting Cricket Australia’s verdict on Steve Smith ball tampering fiasco
  • Steve Smith’s IPL 2018 campaign is as good as over as he is likely to seek time out for introspection
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad are still hoping for David Warner’s IPL 2018 participation

While the jury is as good as out on the international futures of Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner, one thing that is yet to be decided is their participation in the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). With the Steve Smith ball tampering scandal coming to light in recent days, the Rajasthan Royals have already replaced him as their skipper but are yet to take a call on Steve Smith’s IPL 2018 participation as a player.

Steve Smith IPL 2018 campaign as good as over, SRH yet to take a call on David Warner IPL 2018 role

The Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, are believed to be still holding out to have David Warner join them as the captain of the franchise and have not made any public announcements on the matter. Various sources have though indicated that like captain Smith, vice-captain David Warner’s ball tampering involvement is bound to make his position as the incumbent SRH skipper untenable, with Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan mooted as a possible replacement.

Even as everyone speculates about the duo’s fate in the upcoming IPL after the ball tampering fiasco in South Africa, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made it clear that they will be automatically out of the tournament if their home board Cricket Australia bans them for their involvement in the whole episode against South Africa in Cape Town.

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BCCI awaiting CA’s verdict on Steve Smith ball tampering and David Warner scandal

The BCCI is still waiting for Cricket Australia (CA) to announce its sanctions on the ‘Steve Smith ball tampering’ and ‘David Warner ball tampering’ episode and it is understood that the No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the Australian board will be ultimately key to deciding Steve Smith’s IPL 2018 and David Warner’s IPL 2018 fates.

“What a lot of media channels are not understanding is that BCCI at this point has no right to terminate their contract. In case Cricket Australia has a clause in their contracts that gives them right to cancel the duo’s NOC for private leagues based on disrepute caused during international matches, then BCCI won’t even come into question.

“They won’t get a chance to play IPL. If CA’s ban is exclusive of NoC given to them for IPL, they will be available for the league,” a senior BCCI official, who deals with contract aspect said.

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Meanwhile, James Sutherland, Cricket Australia CEO, announced in a press conference on Tuesday (March 27) that the trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have all been sent back home and will take no further part in the Test series against the Proteas. The CA chief also gave a clean chit to coach Darren Lehmann and stated that he will continue in his role as Australia’s head coach until the expiry of his contract.

“Prior knowledge of the plan in question was with Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft only. No one knew about the plan other than these three. Darren Lehmann the coach was not in the know-how and will continue as the coach of the team. All three players will be sent back to Australia on Wednesday and their replacements will come in within 24 hours. Darren Lehmann has not resigned or offered to step down as the coach of the team, and will continue in the capacity of coach with the team,” Sutherland said.

WATCH: Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland press conference on Steve Smith ball tampering fiasco

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