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Thursday, 20 December 2018

Steve Smith banned from playing in BPL


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Bangladesh’s Cricket Board has banned former Australian skipper Steve Smith from playing in the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament after some franchises objected to his inclusion in the competition.

Smith had signed a deal to play for Comilla Victorians for the second phase of the tournament as a replacement for Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik but other teams competing were uncomfortable about having him a part of it.

“The rule of the tournament is that if a franchise takes a replacement, his name should be in the list of initial players’ draft. But Smith’s name was not there,” said Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

“Some franchises raised objection about it. So we have to bar him from playing the BPL.”

On the other hand, teammate and fellow ball-tamperer David Warner will play in the tournament for the Sylhet Sixers. Warner was one of two pre-draft signings for the team.

Smith was expected to play in his third T20 league competition— after turning out in Canada’s Global T20 and the Caribbean Premier League.

He will also play in the Pakistan Super League, which will be played in February and March.

Bangladesh’s Cricket Board has banned former Australian skipper Steve Smith from playing in the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament after some franchises objected to his inclusion in the competition.

Smith had signed a deal to play for Comilla Victorians for the second phase of the tournament as a replacement for Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik but other teams competing were uncomfortable about having him a part of it.

“The rule of the tournament is that if a franchise takes a replacement, his name should be in the list of initial players’ draft. But Smith’s name was not there,” said Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

“Some franchises raised objection about it. So we have to bar him from playing the BPL.”

On the other hand, teammate and fellow ball-tamperer David Warner will play in the tournament for the Sylhet Sixers. Warner was one of two pre-draft signings for the team.

Smith was expected to play in his third T20 league competition— after turning out in Canada’s Global T20 and the Caribbean Premier League.

He will also play in the Pakistan Super League, which will be played in February and March.

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