BPL Governing Council explains Smith’s inclusion
In latest progress, disgraced former Australian captain Steven Smith has been allowed to participate in the 2019 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League.
According to reports revealed, the player’s draft rule is now amended that was previously raised against allowing Smith’s participation in the league noting the Aussie star was not included in the draft.
On Thursday, the BPL governing council has reportedly issued a letter to the franchises with a change in rule that suggests that Smith will be able to take part.
The letter states,
“This Memo is being issued in view of the request received from majority of the franchisees to revise the rules as contained in BPL T20 Player Draft Rules – BPL T20, 2018-2019 (“the Rules”) pertaining to replacement of a directly purchased overseas player from outside the players’ draft list.”
It further added, “Upon considering their application and taking into account the greater interest of the tournament and on the recommendation of BPL Governing Council, the board decided to amend the rules, that will now allow all the franchisees to replace one (01) directly purchased overseas player (if required) from outside the Players’ Draft List.”
In accordance with the newly amended rule, the franchises now allowed to replace one directly purchased overseas player from outside the Players’ Draft List, Smith’s replacement with Asela falls within the scope of the laws of the tournament.
Steve Smith was picked as a replacement for Asela Gunaratne by Comilla Victorians, but later the franchises raised an issue against the replacement saying that he was picked from outside the draft.
The rescheduled Bangladesh Premier League will start on January 5, 2019.