BBL head rules out participation of Smith and Warner
Both Smith and Warner were able to take part in the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada.
Following the ball-tampering fiasco in the Cape Town Test in March, Warner and Smith were banned for 12 months, which rules them out of participation in the BBL as well. With Cricket Australia’s sanctions only restricting their participation in international games for their country and club level cricket in Australia, both Smith and Warner were able to take part in the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada.
There were calls from former players, including Shane Watson, urging CA to soften its stance. Terming the punishments harsh, Watson had said: “The thing that just disappoints me about the whole situation is now Steve Smith and Dave Warner are over promoting other tournaments by playing in them.
However, McConnie, on Monday (July 16) said CA’s sanctions will be applicable and there won’t be any promotional roles for Smith and Warner to feature in the BBL. “Both players have done a really good job and accepted the ruling from Cricket Australia, and they won’t be appearing in the BBL this season,” McConnie said.
“I think every player who plays cricket, we love to think that they talk about the Big Bash and promote the tournament. But beyond being cricket players themselves that have a love of the format, there’ll be no formal relationship.