Steve Smith, David Warner Banned For 12 Months & Out Of IPL, Bancroft Gets 9 Months Ban

| March 28 , 2018 , 15:07 IST

The defamed trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have finally learnt their fate after the infamous ball-tampering incident. They were sent home from South Africa and suspended from playing the fourth test against the team by Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday.

Cricket Australia’s internal investigation has found them to have conspired to alter the condition of the ball at Newlands. The former captain Smith and vice-captain Warner have been banned for 12 months each. Bancroft has also been banned but for nine months. CA released the statement with their decision on Wednesday.

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The CA Board, comprising Chairman David Peever, Earl Eddings, Dr. Bob Every, John Harnden, Tony Harrison, Jacquie Hey and Michelle Tredenick, as well as former Test players Mark Taylor and Michael Kasprowicz, convened for two-and-a-half hours on Wednesday to determine the sanctions imposed on the guilty trio.

Smith and Warner’s eligibility to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was put to question as Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) was yet to decide if it should allow the players to play in the 11th edition of the tournament.

However, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla made a statement on the issue after learning their fate by CA saying the cricketers will not be allowed to represent their respective franchises.