- Steve Smith and David Warner banned from international cricket for 1 year, will not be allowed to play in IPL 11
- Smith might play English county cricket in the summer after being barred from all domestic competitions in Australia
- David Warner’s international career is in serious jeopardy, unclear whether the opener will play again for Australia
Following Cricket Australia’s verdict yesterday on the Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith ball tampering episode, which also included vice-captain David Warner, the trio have flown back to their home country. Both David Warner and Steve Smith IPL 2018 was also prematurely ended by the BCCI, who decided on the advice of CA to ban both the players for the upcoming season 11. In other Steve Smith news, we are hearing reports that the former Australian captain could be allowed to take part in overseas assignments like the Indian Premier League or the English county cricket.
No international cricket for Steve Smith and David Warner for one year
The verdict by the CA states that both Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned for one year, while Cameron Bancroft has been banned for 9 months. Along with the suspension, the former captain and vice-captain have also lost out on a number of sponsorship deals with companies unwilling to be part of negative publicity. David Warner and Steve Smith IPL 2018 ban will be hit them the hardest in financial terms but then CA decision to ban latter from captaincy for 2 years and former for life will be the one that hurts the most to these two exceptionally talented players.
According to Cricket Australia’s report, David Warner was the main force behind the plan, it was he who instructed 8-test old Cameron Bancroft to use sandpaper rather than sticky tape. Steve Smith was the captain of the team and despite being privy to this illegal act, he didn’t intervene and put an end to this. The trio will not be allowed to play any domestic cricket in Australia during this suspension period, which means they will miss out on this season of Sheffield Shield and Big Bash League.
What are David Warner and Steve Smith’s options now?
However, according to the verdict, these players will have an option to take part in foreign leagues and tournaments. BCCI yesterday banned Warner and Steve Smith IPL 2018 season but it is being reported that Smith might take part in English county cricket, a move which can help him prepare for the World Cup next year and the Ashes on English soil. With the season starting in a couple of weeks, Steve Smith is struggling for time to take over a foreign players spot in one of the teams, which are already very limited.
It is being reported that even Indian captain Virat Kohli will play some English county cricket in order to prepare for the long English tour starting in July.
The tainted trio also has the option to appeal their suspension in front of an independent commissioner. They have also been offered support from the Australian cricketers association, if they do decide to appeal, however at this moment that seems highly unlikely given that they admitted to the whole act themselves.
The ban of one-year following Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith ball tampering could push Warner towards retirement from international cricket, however, these are still speculation. He put out a statement on Thursday apologising to the whole cricket fraternity and the Australian public for his action. If Warner does decide to retire from international cricket, he could easily build a career playing in the various T20 leagues around the world like many of his fellow players from other countries. The mercurial opener has already LG Australia as his sponsor after they terminated his contract prematurely.
With Steve Smith IPL 2018 over, Rajasthan Royals have handed the captaincy over to Ajinkya Rahane. Both SRH and Rajasthan Royals will be allowed to bring in a replacement if they want to from the players who were left unsold at the auction. We still don’t have clarity from the SRH camp about their new captain for IPL 11. David Warner and Steve Smith have shocked the whole sporting world. Steve Smith ball tampering in a plan hatched by his vice-captain using the least experienced player from the team, doesn’t look good on the paper. However, as cricket fans, we know that these players have enough talent and ability to come back even stronger next year.