Western Australian (WA) clubs have cleared suspended Test opener, Cameron Bancroft, to play in the Premier Cricket while serving his suspension in the wake of ball-tampering saga in South Africa.
Meanwhile, 16 WA Premier Cricket clubs organised an extraordinary general meeting to vote on the opener’s future. The committee opted for the ballot paper voting which actually is an unusual occurrence for WA premier cricket meetings.
However, the result came at 14-2, thus allowing Bancroft special dispensation to turn out for his club side Willetton.
Cricket Australia (CA) sanctioned Bancroft, who is serving a nine-month suspension from state and international cricket in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which took world cricket by storm.
However, the ban is scheduled to end in late December, thus allowing him to play normal cricket again. Post his suspension, he will be free to play for WA, the Perth Scorchers, and Australia again.
WA, however, retained him on the state contract list and can join teammates at pre-season training slated for next month (June).
Under WA Premier Cricket rules, any CA ban automatically extends to WA club ranks. The 25-year-old got an exemption to play for his WA club side Willetton while serving his CA ban.
WA Premier rules are different from other states, which do not automatically enforce CA sanctions.
Meanwhile, new Australia coach Justin Langer has already said he’d welcome the return of Bancroft in particular.