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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

The lucrative deal that could end CA bans


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Former Australia captain Steve Smith has signed with the United Arab Emirates T20X league in a move that could prove the catalyst toward relaxing the bans for Australia’s ball-tampering trio.

In a move that highlights the farcical nature of the year-long sanction, Smith will kick-start his third international contract on December 19 per The Daily Telegraph, the same day Australia’s Big Bash League is due to begin, before joining the Pakistan Super League to round out his year in exile from the sport.

There is a growing sentiment around the game that the players’ association and CA should reach a compromise that would see the 12-month penalty relaxed to allow Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to at least play domestic cricket in the Sheffield Shield and Big Bash.

Proponents of the move suggest a venture down that path would see Australia’s domestic game bolstered while dodging the potential PR nightmare arising with two local top-flight batsmen playing overseas concurrently with the Big Bash.

Senior figures across the game are also concerned over the financial incentives luring stars to across the Arabian Desert with reports the competition are prepared to offer marquee stars up to $300,000, double that of the BBL.

The development comes as the player’s association formally called for the suspensions for Smith, Warner and Bancroft to be reduced.

The ACA insisted they would make a submission to Cricket Australia within 48 hours to appeal the length of the bans in light of the finding of the recent independent review.

ACA demands 'justice' for suspended trio

"It's natural justice that now needs to happen," ACA's Alistair Nicholson said on Tuesday.

"The core of our submission would be based on this evidence you now need to go back and have a look at that. It's within the powers of the CA board to have a look at this."

Smith and Warner have not yet spoken publicly about the ball-tampering incident, the bans or their current experiences playing international T20 or grade cricket.

 

 

Former Australia captain Steve Smith has signed with the United Arab Emirates T20X league in a move that could prove the catalyst toward relaxing the bans for Australia’s ball-tampering trio.

In a move that highlights the farcical nature of the year-long sanction, Smith will kick-start his third international contract on December 19 per The Daily Telegraph, the same day Australia’s Big Bash League is due to begin, before joining the Pakistan Super League to round out his year in exile from the sport.

There is a growing sentiment around the game that the players’ association and CA should reach a compromise that would see the 12-month penalty relaxed to allow Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to at least play domestic cricket in the Sheffield Shield and Big Bash.

Proponents of the move suggest a venture down that path would see Australia’s domestic game bolstered while dodging the potential PR nightmare arising with two local top-flight batsmen playing overseas concurrently with the Big Bash.

Senior figures across the game are also concerned over the financial incentives luring stars to across the Arabian Desert with reports the competition are prepared to offer marquee stars up to $300,000, double that of the BBL.

The development comes as the player’s association formally called for the suspensions for Smith, Warner and Bancroft to be reduced.

The ACA insisted they would make a submission to Cricket Australia within 48 hours to appeal the length of the bans in light of the finding of the recent independent review.

ACA demands 'justice' for suspended trio

"It's natural justice that now needs to happen," ACA's Alistair Nicholson said on Tuesday.

"The core of our submission would be based on this evidence you now need to go back and have a look at that. It's within the powers of the CA board to have a look at this."

Smith and Warner have not yet spoken publicly about the ball-tampering incident, the bans or their current experiences playing international T20 or grade cricket.

 

 

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