Bangladesh Premier League: Steve Smith not allowed to participate on account of by-law violation
Steve Smith's participation in the BPL appears over. (Getty Images)

Exiled former Australia captain Steve Smith will not play for Comilla Victorians in the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Cricbuzz has reported, on account of a violation of the tournament rules.

The website Thursday quoted the Comilla Victorians chief executive has claiming that the franchise has been made aware of the development after other franchises objected to Smith being signed as a replacement player from outside the BPL draft, which breaks the rules of the league.

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“Yes he [Smith] is not available for us. We have received a mail in this regard last night,” Victorians chief executive Col[retd] AKM Zaki told Cricbuzz, who reported that the franchise will write to the Bangladesh Cricket Board to reconsider the decision to bar Smith from participating in next month’s tournament.

Smith, currently serving suspension for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal at Cape Town in March this year, had signed in late November as a replacement for Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne.

Smith last week led his club Sutherland to the New South Wales Premier T20 championship in his return to the Sydney Cricket Ground. His ban ends on March 29, 2019.