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Banned Steve Smith And David Warner Make BPL Debut Since Ball-Tampering Saga

Banned Australian player Steve Smith And David Warner Make BPL Debut The duo, who are serving international bans for a ball tampering, faced off in the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) opener in Dhaka.

Banned Australian cricketers Warner and Smith made a low-scoring debut in the Bangladesh Premier League play on Sunday, smashing just 30 runs between them as newly-minted skippers in the Twenty20 league.

Smith and Warner are both serving 12-month bans, which expire on March 30. The two batsmen, who are known for their consistency, are likely to play the World Cup and the Ashes later this year for Australia.

Smith’s participation had remained uncertain as several franchises opposed his inclusion from outside the draft as a replacement for Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne.

Banned Steve Smith And David Warner Make BPL Debut Since Ball-Tampering Saga
Steve Smith and David Warner (Picture Source: saudigazette.com.sa)

Smith and Warner were handed the huge responsibility of leading their teams in their season openers at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

David Warner hit off-spinner Mahedi Hasan for three sixes in only one over at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium before mix-up saw him run out for 14 off 13 balls.

Smith was declared caught from behind for 16 off 17 balls after the Sixers reviewed a not-out decision given by the on-field umpire.

Steve Smith And David Warner’s debut as foreign stars in the lucrative T20 franchise came as an Australia’s Test cricketers in Sydney stared down defeat against a ruthless India.

Steve Smith led the Victorians to a winning start in BPL 2019 as they beat David Warner’s Sylhet Sixers by four wickets.

The presence of Smith and Warner, who are banned from international and Australian domestic cricket after admitting to a ball tampering in the South Africa test last March, is expected to be a significant draw for the BPL.

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