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Cricket Australia against lifting the bans on Smith, Warner and Bancroft

“Steve, David and Cameron are working hard to demonstrate their commitment to cricket."

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Steve Smith of Australia and David Warner. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia (CA) decided not to lift the bans of the trio, Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. These three were suspended after the ball-tampering saga in March this year. While a one-year ban was imposed on Smith and Warner, it was a nine-month suspension for Bancroft. However, the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) has recently pushed the cricket board to either lift the bans on this trio or allow them to play domestic cricket.

CA’s seven-person board met via a phone hook-up on Monday and Tuesday to rule on the penalties handed down after the entire controversy. But, the governing body decided to reject the recommendations by the ACA and hence the bans will uphold.

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The original decision was determined after a rigorous discussion

Cricket Australia, in a statement that they released, said that the original decision was taken after thorough deliberations and considerations. Hence, it was made clear the sanctions that were imposed earlier will remain the same and there wouldn’t be any alterations.

“The original decision of the Board to sanction the players was determined after rigorous discussion and consideration. CA maintains that both the length and nature of the sanctions remain an appropriate response in light of the considerable impact on the reputation of Australian cricket, here and abroad,” a statement said as per reports in cricket.com.au.

“Steve, David and Cameron are working hard to demonstrate their commitment to cricket and have our continued support to ensure their pathway to return is as smooth as possible,” it further read.

Therefore, this essentially means that Steve Smith and David Warner will have to wait till 29 March 2019 to be back in action playing domestic and international cricket. Cameron Bancroft, on the other hand, will complete his ban period on 29 December 2018 and will then ply his trade in the Big Bash League (BBL). He would be representing the Perth Scorchers in the tournament.

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