The BCB has upheld the BPL governing council’s decision to not allow Steven Smith from playing in this season’s BPL.
The BPL has written to Comilla Victorians, for whom Smith had signed, saying that the majority of the franchises were “not in favour of” including Smith from outside the players’ draft list as a replacement player.
Smith was signed by Comilla Victorians as a replacement for Asela Gunaratne for the forthcoming season of BPL, scheduled to start on January 5. However, the problem with Smith’s inclusion is that he was picked from outside the draft, which goes against the laws of the BPL.
Franchises expressed their concern during a meeting with the BPL governing council and after the GC members failed to convince the franchises, the matter was referred to the Bangladesh Cricket Board for a final call.
“We have referred the issue to the Bangladesh Cricket Board,” Jalal Yunus, the BPL technical committee chairman, told Cricbuzz on (December 11) following a meeting with the franchises.First Rangpur Riders raised the issue but later other franchises joined them and informed about their reservation.
“Yes he [Smith] is not available for us. We have received a mail in this regard last night,” Victorians chief executive Col[retd] AKM Zaki told Cricbuzz on Friday. A franchise source, however, said that they were planning on writing to BCB to reconsider the decision.
The former Australia captain was supposed to arrive at the tournament after the departure of Shoaib Malik, who will join the Pakistan team for the limited-overs leg of their series against South Africa which begins on January 19.
Smith, along with fellow Australian David Warner, is currently serving a 12-month ban for his role in the ball-tampering controversy in the Cape Town Test. Warner joined Sylhet Sixers for the upcoming edition of BPL and was named as the captain of the team.
Smith was excited to be part of BPL
Australia’s former captain Steve Smith was signed by Comilla Victorions in the Bangladesh Premier League. The fans are obviously excited at the opportunity to watch one of the world’s top batsman play in action and Smith himself had a message for the Bangladesh fans after joining BPL franchise Comilla Victorians.
“Hi Bangladesh! Very excited to be part of the Bangladesh Premier League for the first time,” the Australia batsman said in a video that was shared by Comilla Victorians.
“I look forward to getting over there and being part of a very successful campaign,” he concluded.
Smith, who was embroiled in a ball-tampering scandal which rocked Australia Cricket was relieved of the captaincy of the Australia team following the incident and is currently serving a ban. Yesterday, Comilla coach Mohamad Salahuddin had confirmed to The Daily Star that the star batsman will be available after the first four matches.