One of the three Australian cricketers, Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, might make it to the Surrey in English County. Michael Di Venuto, who is the coach of Surrey, has confirmed he is very much keen to sign one of Australia’s banned Test players if he is allowed by his English administrators.
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all suspended after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. While the Bancroft got the ban of 9 months and his contract with Somerset was cancelled after the incident, Steve Smith and David Warner also suffered a huge blow as they were barred from playing in IPL 2018 by BCCI, which made them lose their IPL deals of worth 2.4 Million Australian Dollars each.
It is important for them to play cricket at some stage, says Michael Di Venuto
As per reports in cricket network, Surrey’s coach says he wants one of the Australians to play for Surrey. “From an Australian perspective, it is probably important that they play a bit of cricket at some stage. I don’t know if they are allowed to play in this competition. I know what it states in their sanctions that they can’t play domestic cricket in Australia. We have got a relationship with Mitch to see how he goes with his ankle but we have got a spot we have got to fill as well”, says Michael Di Venuto.
If ECB allows then Australians just might make it to the Surrey, further adds Di Venuto
Speaking further, Michael says all depends on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). “So, if they are in the right mental state to play cricket and the ECB will have to allow it to start with, then we’d be mad not to look at some of the world’s best players potentially playing”, further adds Michael Di Venuto.
The ball-tampering incident during the third test against South Africa led to the major humiliation of Cricket Australia who sacked his captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft. Both Smith and Warner were handed over a ban of 12 months while Bancroft got the ban of 9 months.