Steve Smith. @ AFP
Steve Smith. @ AFP

Former Australia captain Steve Smith’s hopes of participation in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) next year hangs by a thread. Smith, currently serving suspension for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal at Cape Town in March this year, had signed by Comilla Victorians in late November, as a replacement for Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne.

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However, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Smith can be eligible for participation only if his name features in the draft list, which wasn’t the case.

Technical committee chairman of BPL, Jalal Yunus had a meeting with BPL franchise representatives and asked the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to take a final decision whether Smith should be included for the tournament that begins on January 5.

Smith may just make the cut as his presence could raise the appeal of the league, but the other franchise representatives objected to the rules being tweaked to accommodate the Australian.

“We had allowed Comilla to sign Steven Smith for the greater interest of the BPL,” Yunus said.

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“The bylaws said that a replacement player has to come from the [players who were in the] draft and, after we allowed Comilla, the other franchises objected. Which is why we held the meeting today but, since we couldn’t come to a conclusion, I have now referred it to the BCB.”