Durham signs Cameron Bancroft as their overseas player for 2019 season
He is currently in the middle of the nine-month suspension handed to him by CA.
Updated - Aug 17, 2018 12:50 pm
Durham County Cricket Club (DCCC) have begun their preparations for the 2019 season it seems. They have signed the banned Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft as their overseas player for the next season. He is currently undergoing the nine-month suspension handed to him by Cricket Australia (CA) for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in March during their South Africa.
Along with him, even the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner were also sidelined for one year. They are now featuring in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after playing in the inaugural edition of Global T20 Canada. In contrast, Bancroft has only played some grade cricket in his quest to stay in terms with the game during the suspension period.
Available in all formats
Durham’s official website has confirmed that Cameron Bancroft will be available for the whole season for them across all the formats subject to his international selection. The head coach of the team, Jon Lewis, was also excited after signing him and termed him as a special talent.
“Cameron provides us with a very talented overseas signing who can bulk up our batting line up and help us compete for silverware. Tom Latham has done a great job for us over the past two seasons but we anticipate Tom being unavailable due to the World Cup in 2019, therefore we were delighted to be able to bring Cameron in. Cameron is a talented top order batsman and a great talent across all formats, he has the appetite and temperament for scoring big runs,” he said.
The 25-year-old was also excited after penning down the deal and is looking forward to the 2019 season. “I am excited to join Durham for the 2019 county season. Having played at Emirates Riverside in 2017 I know what a great place it is to play cricket. With the Ashes and ODI World Cup both being played in the UK in 2019 it will be a huge summer of cricket. I am grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get over and make an impact with Durham,” Bancroft said.