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Cricket Australia to consider lifting the bans on the tainted trio

According to the current sanctions, Smith and Warner will be eligible to play for Australia in March next year.

Steve Smith and David Warner
Steve Smith and David Warner (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australian cricket is in complete turmoil this year. Their marquee players David Warner and Steve Smith along with Cameron Bancroft were found guilty of trying to change the condition of the ball and Cricket Australia (CA) took strict action on them. While Warner and Smith were banned for 1 year, Bancroft was handed over the nine-month suspension. However, the board is considering to lift the bans on the trio after the request from the Australian Cricket Association (ACA).

The recent review of the Australian cricket’s culture has put the direct blame on the CA for its winning at all costs culture over the years. The cricket board is under pressure as the ACA has requested to lift the bans on the players. Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts cleared that they will give the ACA submission regarding letting the players play for their country a due consideration.

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“The ACA submission around the players’ sanctions was received by the board a few days ago. It was addressed to the board rather than to me or all management. So not for me to comment on a board matter other than to say that the board will be respecting that submission and giving it due consideration,” Roberts was quoted as saying by The Field.

Will they play India series?

This comes as a huge move by Cricket Australia as India are set to travel down under later this month and most importantly, will be playing the four-match Test series from December 6. In case, they decide to lift the bans on the trio, the face of the team will completely change.

Having said that, it will be interesting to see if they will be straightaway included in the squad. Sheffield Shield season is currently in progress and there is a chance that the selectors might suggest them to play a few matches to get into the groove of the red-ball cricket.

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