BCCI bars Steve Smith, David Warner from this year's IPL

BCCI bars Steve Smith, David Warner from this year's IPL

Australian batsman David Warner today stepped down as captain of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal that has tainted his reputation and shaken worldwide cricket to the core.

The Press Trust of India quotes IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla as saying "First, we waited for ICC's decision, after that Cricket Australia and then we decided on the matter", he said. The combative opener has already lost a personal sponsor and had stood down as captain of the IPL's Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Confirming the news, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said that the BCCI chose to bar the two players from this season of the lucrative T20 tournament, keeping in mind the Cricket Australia's decision.

"The replacements will be made available to the two teams". Keeping that in mind, we are also deciding that this season of the IPL these two players can't play.

Warner was one of three players - together with captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft - removed from Australia's Test squad on Tuesday. "We did not take any decision in haste, it was a well thought out decision", Shukla added. Smith had already relinquished the captaincy of the IPL's Rajasthan Royals.

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Australian skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were suspended by Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday for 12 months each and Cameron Bancroft for nine months over a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Earlier, Smith and Warner had reportedly earlier handed a 12-month suspension by Cricket Australia (CA) for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal that took place during the third Test of the ongoing four-match series against South Africa in Cape Town.

Media reports stated that the three players have a week to appeal against the sanctions.

Smith later admitted the move was planned by the team's "leadership group".

"The BCCI hopes that the cricketers participating in the IPL hold the highest regard for the Spirit of Cricket and Code of Conduct for Players and Match Officials", the release read further.