The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Wednesday the two Australian cricketers banned Steve Smith and David Warner from participating in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL).
The BCCI, in a press release, said, “The CoA took cognizance of the developments in the ball tampering incident involving Cricket Australia contracted cricketers — Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. The CoA, in consultation with IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, acting president C.K. Khanna and acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, has decided to ban Smith and Warner with immediate effect from participation in IPL 2018.”
The release also added, “The BCCI hopes that the cricketers participating in the IPL hold the highest regard for the Spirit of Cricket and Code of Conduct for Players and Match Officials.”
Cameron Bancroft was caught tampering with the ball and ended up earning a nine-month ban from Cricket Australia, which suspended Smith and Warner for 12 months.
The damage-control exercise by CA, in the wake of a backlash from the sponsors and fans, prompted the BCCI to swing into action even as Smith and Warner had stood down from their respective captaincy at Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. There have been remarks from some former cricketers that slapping a ban on the players may be a harsh step, but the BCCI was left with little choice once the CA took the lead by handing the players exemplary punishment.
The respective franchises were hoping to avail their services as players after Smith and Warner had relinquished their captaincy, but the action by CA put an end to all the speculations.
“The concerned IPL franchises will be allowed replacements,” the BCCI release said.