Steven Smith and David Warner have been handed 12-month bans each for their involvement in the sensational ball-tampering incident on the third day (March 24) of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Smith and Warner, along with Cameron Bancroft, are also required to complete 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.
Smith and Warner, who hail from New South Wales and play for the same, cannot feature in Australia’s premier domestic competitions namely the Sheffield Shield and JLT One-Day Cup because of their bans.
Over the course of the next year, Australia have a handful of important away tours and home series with only a little more than a year left for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
Smith and Warner, who stood down as captains of Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad after last Saturday’s incident, have also been banned from playing in IPL 2018. Because Smith and Warner will not play ‘any part’ for their franchises, they will lose as much as AU$2.4m (Rs 12 crore approximately)!
In the grander scheme of things, though, Australia tour England in June for five ODIs and one Twenty20 International and follow it up with a tour of Zimbabwe in July for two Tests and three ODIs. Bangladesh are set to tour down under in August-September for two Tests and three ODIs. The fourth and last of Australia’s away tours in 2018 is their tour of the United Arab Emirates in October to play five ODIs and one T20I against Pakistan.
From November 2018 to March 2019, Australia host South Africa (five ODIs, three T20Is), India (four Tests) and Sri Lanka (two Tests, three ODIs). They then tour India for five ODIs and two T20Is and travel to UAE to complete their unfinished business against Pakistan by playing a three-Test series.
In all, Smith and Warner may, as things stand, miss as many as 14 Test matches (including the last Test against South Africa), 29 ODIs and seven T20Is (amounting to 50 international matches).
Therefore, the next time Smith and Warner are likely to be seen in Australia colours is at the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019!
Cameron Bancroft, who is a Test specialist, will miss nine Tests and may return for Australia’s tour of UAE in March 2019.
Smith and Warner can, of course, appeal against their bans and the length of it. They are permitted to have any number of witnesses and can also have a legal representative.
*The series and tours mentioned above are according to the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP)