IPL 2018: BCCI bans Smith, Warner For Upcoming Season

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Courtesy PTI

In the backdrop of the ball-tampering episode, which resulted in the removal of captain Steve Smith and vice-captain Warner from the Australian side, Saha has said that SRH's bench strength would help the team in the scenario of Warner's unavailability.

Smith, Australia vice-captain Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft have all been sent home after cheating was exposed in the third Test.

Smith had also been charged for "seeking to mislead Match Officials and others regarding Bancroft's attempts to artificially alter the condition of the ball; and misleading public comments regarding the nature, extent and participants of the plan".

Sutherland, who began his press briefing in Johannesburg with heartfelt apologies to the Australian and South African cricketing fraternity and the rest of the world has promised that after Cricket Australia's probe is completed "significant sanctions" will be announced within the next 24 hours.

The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators on Wednesday took cognizance of the developments in the ball tampering incident involving Cricket Australia contracted cricketers - Mr. Steve Smith, Mr. David Warner, and Mr. Cameron Bancroft. Smith and Warner have also been banned from captaining Australia for two years.

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Asked how the franchise would adjust if Warner too is removed as captain with just over a week to go for the IPL, Saha said: "The decision is yet to be taken, so I am assuming that the team is planning for the season keeping him in mind".

Saha did not want to point fingers as Smith and Warner exclusively, saying it was the entire team which played against the spirit of the game.

It was learnt that the temperamental Warner removed himself from the team WhatsApp group. "Teammates are furious with Warner over suspicions the batsman was the source behind a story incriminating Australia's fast bowlers".

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull added that authorities needed to crack down on sledging - verbal abuse involving players on both sides - if it wanted cricket to "once again (be) held up as a role model". "It may not be 100 per cent as he is a quality player, but we can try and fill the gap", he further said. Our reserve bench is strong.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan, known to get under the skin of the Australians, claimed that they had tampered with ball during Ashes also.

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