Ne Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday barred Australian cricketers David Warner and Steven Smith from participating in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Indian cricket board announced its decision after Cricket Australia handed over one-year bans to Warner and Smith for their involvement in ball – tampering. Cricket Australia also suspended Cameron Bancroft for nine months. “They (Cricket Australia) have banned two players and we are also barring these two players from this year’s IPL,” IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla told reporters on Wednesday.
“We wanted everything in our own hands. First, we waited for ICC’s decision, after that Cricket Australia and then we decided on the matter,” he said.
“The replacements will be made available to the two teams. We did not take any decision in haste, it was a well thought out decision,” Shukla added.
“The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Wednesday took cognizance of the developments in the ball tampering incident involving Cricket Australia contracted cricketers – Mr. Steve Smith, Mr. David Warner, and Mr. Cameron Bancroft,” the BCCI release said.
“The CoA, in consultation with BCCI Acting President Mr. CK Khanna, IPL Chairman Mr. Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Acting Hon. Secretary Mr. Amitabh Choudhary, has decided to ban Mr. Smith and Mr. Warner with immediate effect from participation in IPL 2018,” the release said.
“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. The concerned IPL franchises will be allowed replacement players,” it said.
Earlier in the day, Warner stepped down as captain of the SunRisers Hyderabad franchise for the IPL 2018.
Warner had previously led Hyderabad to the IPL title in 2016 while ending up as the highest run-getter in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the cash-rich tournament.
Smith was also replaced as Rajasthan Royals captain by Ajinkya Rahane.
The controversy surrounding Smith and Warner exploded on day three of the Cape Town Test last week when Bancroft was caught using yellow tape to alter the condition of the ball before attempting to hide it in down his trousers.
Smith took responsibility for Bancroft’s actions, admitting the move was planned by the team’s “leadership group”. He called it “a big mistake”.