Cricket Australia has denied reports of softening bans on Steven Smith and David Warner. It was reported yesterday that banned duo can return to action at the fag end of the Australian domestic circuit. However, the Australian board has quashed any such reports.
In fact, the pair was given a harsh punishment after the ball-tampering scandal in the third Test match against South Africa. However, the reports of alleviating their bans had given fresh hopes to the banned duo.
Thus, the Cricket Australia clarified the rumor that they are not contemplating relaxing the bans on both Warner and Smith.
Cricket Australia puts all the hopes to rest.
“At no stage have we, or are we considering lessening the current sanctions in place for respective players in relation to the incident in South Africa,” a spokesperson from CA told cricket.com.au. ”
“The CA Code of Conduct does not allow for reversal or lessening of sanctions once players have fully accepted the charges. The current articles published are purely speculative.”
Meanwhile, the reports had suggested that Smith and Warner can play in Sheffield Shield whose final is scheduled on March 28.
However, both Smith and Warner can not partake in any form of Australian cricket which includes both domestic or International level. Thus, the banned duo is currently playing in the Global T20 Canada league.
Smith is playing for the Toronto Nationals. On the other hand, Warner is leading Winnipeg Hawks after Dwayne Bravo has pulled out of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft is playing for NT Strike in Darwin. The right-hander ban will uplift in the mid-stage of the Big Bash League.