CA suspended Smith and Warner for one year over ball-tampering allegations. Both pulled out of IPL captaincy roles. Smith was removed by Rajasthan Royals and replaced with Ajinkya Rahane while Warner stepped down from Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captaincy.
“The franchises will get replacements for the players as they (David Warner and Steve Smith) will not be allowed to play this year,” informed IPL commissioner Rajiv Shukla.
Smith played for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017 editions and led his team to Finals last year. He was retained by Rajasthan, the franchise which made a return to IPL. He was retained at a price of INR 12.5 crores and was announced captain of the team while Australia were playing a practice match in South Africa.
Warner has been leading the Sunrisers since 2015. He guided his side to a title win in 2016. He was also retained by the franchise for INR 12.5 crores.
Australia were caught on cameras while changing the condition of the ball on the third day of the Newlands Test. Smith and Cameron Bancroft admitted their guilt to media on that day. Later on, CA sent an investigation team to South Africa.
On Wednesday, Smith and Warner were handed one-year suspension each while Bancroft was banned for nine months.
The Australian government expressed their disappointment on Australia’s act. Smith and Warner are expected to lose their sponsors too.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com