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Smith, Warner’s IPL futures in danger

After involving in the ball tampering issue, Australia captain Steve Smith has been handed one-match ban and also fined 100% of the match fee while opening batsman Cameron Bancroft who did the ball tampering has been handed three demerit points.

Though vice-captain David Warner didn’t get any punishment but Smith has indicated in the press conference that Warner was aware of the plan.

Few days ago, Warner and Smith were announced as captain for their respective IPL teams, but after the ball tampering issue, their IPL future is in danger. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla issued a statement saying any decision on the pair will be made in the coming one or two days.

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With less than two weeks to go for the start of the eleventh edition of the tournament, Shukla also confirmed that discussions are being held with those concerned – presumably Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, the franchises that Smith and Warner are captains of respectively.

Shukla told reporters: “This is a matter of serious concern for all of us. We are waiting for decision of ICC & Cricket Australia before taking any step.”

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals’ executive chairman Ranjit Barthakur said: “We at Rajasthan Royals will not tolerate any actions that are unfair by definition and bring disrepute to the game of cricket. Our Zero tolerance policy applies to everyone in our team. Please bear with us.”

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