The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to bar Steven Smith from taking part in the upcoming edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) after franchises expressed their reservations over his inclusion in the tournament, citing a by-law violation.

Meanwhile, Comilla Victorians roped in Smith as a replacement for Asela Gunaratne for the upcoming edition starting from January 5. However, the franchise picked Smith out of the draft which violates the laws of BPL. Franchises expressed their concern in the governing council meeting. After the GC members failed to resolve the matter, they decided to hand over the case to BCB.

Yes, he [Smith] is not available for us. We have received a mail in this regard last night,” Victorians chief executive Col[retd] AKM Zaki told Cricbuzz on Friday.

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A franchise source, however, said that they were planning to write to BCB to reconsider the decision. Steven Smith was likely to visit Bangladesh after the departure of Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik. Malik will join the Pakistan team for the limited-overs leg of their series against South Africa which begins on January 19.

Steven Smith, along with his teammates David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are currently on a ban for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year in Cape Town, South Africa. Following their ban, Smith and Warner have played in Global Canada T20 and the Caribbean Premier League.

Another banned cricketer David Warner joined Sylhet Sixers fL and will lead the team in the upcoming edition of the BPL.