The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided not to allow former Australian captain Steve Smith to participate in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) scheduled to be played from January 5, citing a by-law violation.
BPL franchise Comilla Victorians recruited Smith earlier but the other franchises of BPL raised question saying it was a violation of the rule of the contest. Steven Smith is serving a ban of 12 months from international cricket along with his fellow teammate David Warner who is a part of the BPL.
Victorians had picked Smith outside the player’s draft which contradicts with the BPL law. As per the law, no team can include a player who is not in the list of BPL player’s draft.
Victorians approached BPL Governing Council to hold a meeting with all franchises of the tournament to consider the inclusion of Smith, but they failed to convince the other franchise so, the BPL Governing Council referred the issue to BCB and eventually, they also denied to Smith’s participation.
Warner will play for Sylhet Sixers as its captain. However, Comilla Victorians who signed Smith as a replacement for Asela Gunaratne, are thinking to write a letter to the BCB seeking reconsideration of Smith’s participation, citing that they are unable to replace a player like Smith in a short time
The uncertainty is not related to ball tampering but a by-law violation. Franchises do not believe Smith is eligible to play as he was recruited from outside the draft.