As IPL 2018 has just started their engine for a take off, a news shocked all IPL fans including Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL Team. Earlier the case of Mohammad Shami also dethrottled the pace and excitement of IPL 2018 Matches. Australian captain Steve Smith acceptance of tempering with the ball during the third Test between South Africa and Australia went through all the cricketing world by a storm on Saturday and what the future holds for Steven Smith and David Warner members of the “leadership group” who decided to get indulged in the malpractice, in the IPL is uncertain. According to Rajiv Shukla, any decision on the pair will be made in the upcoming couple of days after consultion with the BCCI.
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During the Day 3 of the Test against South Africa in Newlands, During a post match conference Smith and Cameron Bancroft admitted that the leadership group of the team planning and resorting to ball tampering in order to gain some sort of advantage in a Test that seems to be going on South Africa’s favour. Earlier, Bancroft was clearly captured by the cameras scruffing the ball with a yellow tape. When the telecasters repeatedly aired the footage and displayed it on the giant screen, Bancroft can be seen slipping the yellow tape inside his trousers.
ICC, however, fined Smith’s 100% match fee and handed him a one Test ban, while, Cameron Bancroft got a 75% fine and three demerit points for ball-tampering incident.
The aftermath of this incident was seen on the Rajasthan Royals turf who are making a comeback after 2 years of suspension because their owner was being accused of allegedly spot fixing.
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Ranjit Barthakur, Rajasthan’s executive chariman said, “We have been made aware of the controversy of ball tampering in the ongoing Australia-South Africa series and await further instructions from BCCI. We at Rajasthan Royals will not tolerate any actions that are unfair by definition and bring disrepute to the game of cricket. Our zero-tolerance policy applies to everyone in our team, Please bear with us.”
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— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 25, 2018
On Wednesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals have suffered a huge-blow ahead of the eleventh edition of the cash-rich league as David Warner and Steven Smith have been banned to take part in the league by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after they were allegedly found in a ball-tempering controversy.
Captain and Vice-captain of the Australian National team Smith and SRH opening batsman Warner respectively, have been banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia and the BCCI have now come out to say that the disgraced duo won’t feature in the upcoming edition of the league.
BCCI released a statement saying, “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 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,”
IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla confirmed that the Australian duo won’t be allowed to take part in the league and the SRH and RR will get a chance to replace the banned players.
“The franchises will get replacements for the players as they (David Warner and Steve Smith) will not be allowed to play this year,” Rajiv Shukla said.
Earlier a BCCI official said that all of the speculations are pointless if they are banned by their host country they can not be a part of the IPL.
“To be honest, I don’t understand what all the cry is about. If the CA goes ahead and bans them, there is no way that the IPL franchises can accommodate them, just like Andre Russell had to skip the IPL after he was caught violating doping clauses. If CA says that they have decided to ban the two players, that is where it all ends for them as far as IPL 11 is concerned. The IPL GC actually has no role,” BCCI official confirmed.
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