The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has banned Steve Smith and David Warner in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year for the ball-tampering issue. Smith and Warner were captain of Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively, but after this ban, they had to leave the captaincy. After the one-year ban by Cricket Australia, the BCCI put both of them out of the IPL.
IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla told reporters here “They have banned two players and we are also barring these two players from this year’s IPL,”. Shukla added “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,… 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,”
The BCCI release said, “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 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.
“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.
Significantly, during the Test match against South Africa, Cameron Bancroft of Australia was found guilty of rubbing the ball with a yellow strip. His act was caught by the cameraman Zotani Oscar present in the field. In the press conference, Smith had admitted that he had planned ball-tampering with certain players to win the match. However, he said that the Kangaroo team did this for the first time.