No Smith in BPL! BCB Bars Banned Australian Skipper From Participating in T20 League

Australia captain Steve Smith, who has been serving a one-year ban post his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, suffered another blow after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) banned the right-hander from participating in the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The move came after franchises participating in the tournament expressed reservations over Smith’s inclusion in the league.

For the BPL’s upcoming season, Smith was signed by Comilla Victorians as a replacement for Asela Gunaratne. What didn’t go down well with the franchises was the fact that Smith was signed from outside the draft – a move which went against the laws of the tournament. The franchises first discussed the concern with BPL’s governing council and the matter was handed over to the BCB to take a final call.

While Smith’s 12(twelfth month )ban will end in March next year, he is likely to hold a press conference for the 1st(first )time since his emotional presser earlier this year where he apologized to his countrymen, fans and promised to come back powerful.