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Steve Smith and David Warner have been barred from taking part in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) due to their involvement in the ball tampering scandal.
After Smith and Bancroft admitted that they had attempted to alter the condition of the ball on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, it emerged that Warner had also played a role in the incident.
As a result, Smith, Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft will be sent home from South Africa on Wednesday and not feature in the fourth Test in Johannesburg, which begins on Friday.
In addition to this, Cricket Australia banned Smith and Warner for 12 months, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Smith and Warner have also been banned from captaining Australia for two years.
The decision to remove Smith and Warner from this year’s IPL was taken by the tournament’s chairman, Rajiv Shukla.
The Royals have already confirmed that Ajinkya Rahane will take over as captain, but the Sunrisers have yet to announce who will be handed the leadership role.
“The CoA, in consultation with BCCI acting president Mr CK Khanna, IPL chairman Mr Rajeev Shukla and BCCI acting hon. secretary Mr Amitabh Choudhary, has decided to ban Mr Smith and Mr Warner with immediate effect from participation in IPL 2018,” the BCCI said in a statement as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “The BCCI hopes that the cricketers participating in the IPL hold the highest regard for the Spirit of Cricket and Code of Conduct for Players and Match Officials.”
With Smith and Warner out of the IPL, the Royals and Sunrisers can choose a player to replace them.